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Dimakiling finishes second in Grand Copthorne Professor Lim Kok Ann Invitational GM Tournament 2022


PhilBoxing.com


MANILA---Filipino International Master Oliver Dimakiling bagged the runner-up honor at the conclusion of the Grand Copthorne Professor Lim Kok Ann Invitational GM Tournament 2022 in Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore.

Dimakiling earned 6.0 points on five wins, two draws and two loses. Singapore's newly minted Grandmaster Tin Jingyao pocketed the crown with 7.0 points on six wins, two draws and one loss while British Grandmaster Daniel Howard Fernandez and top seed Indian Grandmaster Adhiban B settled for third and fourth places with 5.5 points apiece followed by solo fifth place Australian International Master James Morris who totes 5.0 points.
Earlier, the Davao City native Dimakiling needed 1.5 points in the last 2 rounds to clinch his third and final Grandmaster (GM) norm.

However, the elusive GM norm continued to slip past Filipino Dimakiling.

His loss to Fernandez in Round 8 was all it took to break Dimakiling’s momentum and dashed all hopes to nail his third and final GM norm in this tournament, organized by the Singapore Chess Federation under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The former La Salle standout defeated Myanmar's International Master Wynn Zaw Htun in Saturday's ninth and final round.
Dimakiling had earned his first GM norm when he finished as co-champion in the Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship in 2006. He obtained his second GM norm during the 2012 National Open Chess Championships dubbed as Battle of the GMs in Boracay.
A player needs to complete the required three norms and reach at least 2500 Elo rating once. Dimakiling has already accomplished the latter.

For a number of years, the country has been longing, thirsting, and wanting for another GM to come.

Since Torre achieved the GM feat in 1974, followed by Rosendo Balinas Jr in 1976, the much younger Rogelio Antonio Jr did his share in 1990.

Then a huge of next generation Filipino GMs came, starting in Year 2000 with the likes of Buenaventura Villamayor, Nelson Mariano II (2004), Mark Paragua (2005), Darwin Laylo (2007), Wesley So (2007), Jayson Gonzales (2008), John Paul Gomez (2008), Joseph Sanchez (2009), Rogelio Barcenilla (2009), Roland Salvador (2010), Julio Catalino Sadorra (2011), Oliver Barbosa (2011), Richard Bitoon (2011), and Enrico Sevillano (2012).-Marlon Bernardino-


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