It's a long delayed post. Anyway, better late than never.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It's a long delayed post. Anyway, better late than never.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:41 PM
MANILA Philippines - Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So continued to reach new heights on the international chess stage when he emerged as the top junior player at the end of the Aeroflot Chess Festival 2009 at the Hotel Gamma-Delta in Moscow.
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Statistics says the Philippines has a total of 41,943 barangays.
Now, let’s update the figure. Let’s add one.
So what’s the new barangay?
It’s Barangay Wesley – and this one’s for the books!
It is the only barangay in the Philippines whose Chairman was unanimously adored by its constituents.
It is the only barangay in the Philippines where unity and camaraderie are truly shown in words and in deed – and felt – by its citizens.
Truly amazing – a social phenomenon that a social scientist should look into.
And did you know that this barangay is led by the youngest Chairman in the whole Philippines?
Please meet 15-year old Chairman GM Wesley So.
This young leader has the natural charisma to unite people. Not only that – in fact, he can move them.
In case you still don’t know, Barangay Wesley was formally conceived at chessgames.com forum. Visit the place and feel the overwhelming enchanting aura.
Go there and be a Barangay Wesley citizen.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Haridas Pascua made an emphatic finish by defeating his beautiful opponent in the ninth and final round, WGM Baira Kovanova of Russia, to post a very decent 6.0-point output which put him at 15th place overall in the 80-man strong Tournament B.
His 6.0 points came from 4 wins (3 with black), 1 loss, and 4 draws (+4 -1 = 4).
He is only a point off the tournament champ, Russian Nikolay Ogloblin who posted 7.0 points.
He is tied with nine other 6.0 pointers at 6th to 15th place.
His performance round by round:
Round 1: Win
Round 2: Draw
Round 3: Draw
Round 4: Loss
Round 5: Win
Round 6: Draw
Round 7: Win
Round 8: Draw
Round 9: Win
I don’t know if he finally earned a FIDE title from this tournament.
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Beating his Ukrainian opponent in Round 8, GM Yuriy Ajrapetjan might be the key in having a higher-rated opponent in the final round.
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WGM Baira Kovanova, the opponent of Haridas in the final round. Wheww! I really love chess!
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Who wouldn’t fall in love with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, the reigning women’s world chess champion?
Beauty and brain rolled into one.
Knowing that she has a heart to popularize chess among young people makes her more loveable.
Did you know that she has a strategy on how to transform chess into a popular sport especially among the youth?
Kosteniuk is not averse to striking a glamorous pose for the cameras, sometimes while dressed in little more than a bikini. Her purpose, she says, is to illustrate her mantra, “Beauty and brains can go together.”
Indeed, she considers her glamour and youth – she is now 24 – powerful tools in her mission to enthuse more young people about the game and persuade them to believe that “chess is cool.”
“Chess has a very wrong image. People think it’s boring, and only fat men in suits play it, so I break that signal and show them chess is cool,” she says.
“You can easily be beautiful and play chess well, or be a professor, or any kind of high achiever. The only thing chess doesn’t have is a lot of attention from the media and from sponsors, so I think I can help in this way. If you tell people there are some nice models playing chess, somehow the modern world finds it more interesting.”
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 11:52 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City, sparked by its dominating performance in athletics and swimming, took home the overall titles in the elementary and secondary divisions of the recently concluded 2009 National Capital Region (NCR) Palaro Regional eliminations at the Rizal High School grounds in Pasig City.
Aside from the two medal rich events, QC also won the elementary girls and boys badminton and football titles, and posted decent finishes in taekwondo, gymnastics and chess to become the runaway winner in the elementary division.
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 10:09 PM
Chess wiz So to get PSA award for a remarkable year
MANILA, Philippines – What’s in a year for teen Grandmaster Wesley So?
That’s competing in 12 tournaments spread over 10 cities and seven countries in a span of 12 months where the 15-year old chess wizard recorded four first place finishes and a consistent spot in the Top 10.
So’s numerous achievements last year earned for him as the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s unanimous choice for the top awardee in chess when the country’s oldest media group honors the top sports personalities of 2008.
The San Miguel Corporation-PSA Annual Awards Night will be held at the Alegria Lounge of the Manila Pavilion Hotel on Feb. 20 where reigning pound-for-pound king and Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will be enshrined to the PSA Hall of Fame for earning his fifth Athlete of the Year award.
Some of So’s big triumphs in 2008 are the Dubai Open and beating top rated GMs in several championship showdowns.
So’s biggest win was the tough Dubai Open in April where he ended up tied with fellow GMs Li Chao (China), Eshan Ghaem Maghami (Iran) and Merab Gagunashvili of Azerbaijan, but won the title due to a higher tiebreak score.
He also competed against top GMs first beating Indonesian GM Susanto Megaranto, 4-2, in their head-to-head match up then topping the 12-player Battle of GMs Chess Championship in the Philippines with 8.5 points.
So then steered Team Philippines to a third place finish in the World Under-16 Chess Olympiad where he won the top board gold and saw action for the second time in the 38th World Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany where the Filipinos finished 46th overall.
He is currently competing in the Aeroflot Open Chess Festival 2009 at the Hotel Gamma-Delta inside the Izmailovo Tourist Complex in Moscow, Russia.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Calling chess players in Pasay City.
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I will post the full game later, promise.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009
I felt like dying when GM Wesley So lost against GM Eltaj Safarli in Round 5 of the ongoing Aeoroflot Open 2009.
The pain was simply unbearable.
I don't know. I just don't know.
I hate the whole world. I hate everybody.
I don't know. I just don't know.
I just hate seeing my hero lose a fight.
Label me anyway you want. Oh shit! Label me anyway you want.
I just hate it.
Ahhhh . . . that 5th round loss will surely deprive me of sanity for a number of fucking days.
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Friday, February 20, 2009
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
I hope that GM Wesley So finally gets back to his best form after beating IM Tatiana Kosintseva (2497) of Russia.
For the third time in this tournament (Aeroflot Open 2009), he will face a Russian opponent in Round 4 in the name of GM Sergey Grigoriants (2565).
We all know that his 2.0 points after three rounds were not really that impressive -- thanks for the 1.0 point extracted from Round 1 win against GM Anton Flippov (2556) of Uzbekistan.
It should have been 1.0 after three rounds.
Or worse, if not for the 'luck' in Round 1, his Round 3 game might have been affected by the supposed back-to-back losses.
It was a Russian opponent in Round 2, IM Pavel Ponkratov (2557), who dealt Wesley's first (and hopefully, last) bitter loss in this highly competitive tournament.
It's a Russian opponent again in Round 4. It's high time to show that he's not in anyway afraid of the Russians!
Go, Wesley! Conquer Moscow!!!
Watch Wesley's games:
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The lone Filipino participant in Tournament A2, IM Richard Bitoon is still within striking distance from tournament leaders with 2.0 points after three rounds.
Notably, he posted his two wins using the black armies!
He is pitted against a non-master Russian opponent in the name of Ilia Iljiushenok with a rating of 2360.
Let's pray for him!
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Haridas Pascua, competing in Tournament B with compatriot Jan Emmanuel Garcia, suffered his first loss in four outings to post 2.0 points.
He defeated a Russian opponent in Round 1 and drew with another Russian in Round 2.
Let's hope that he gets the scalp of another Russian in Round 5.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
As we observed in this Filipino campaign in the first round, we could somehow conclude that chess is not all mental power.
Surely, there’s more than intelligence.
Luck comes into play – sometimes.
And the power of collective prayers? Let’s ask GM Flippov Anton of Uzbekistan – the victim of Wesley in the first round.
I bet that it is only the Filipino combatants in Aeroflot Open who have a legion of supporters praying for them.
Only Filipinos can do that – something that can amaze the whole world.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tournament A1 (Total of 78 players)
Board 25. GM Wesley So (2627) vs GM Anton Filippov (2556) of Uzbekistan
Tournament A2 (Total of 82(?) players)
Board 71. FM Eric Hansen (2376) of Canada vs IM Richard Bitoon (2473)
Tournament B (Total of 80 players)
Board 6. Jan Emmanuel Garcia (2283) vs WGM Baira Kovanova (2386) of Russia
Board 28. Andrei Abramov (2219) of Russia vs Haridas Pascua (2343)
Good luck to our players!!!
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Monday, February 16, 2009
Here are the top finishers in the recently concluded Aurora Rapid National Open (Gov. Bellaflor Angara Cup):
(Based on the post of JEM in pinoychess forum):
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Sunday, February 15, 2009
Exclusive for Brgy. Edang chess players only, this event has a unique feature as it uses a nine-round format that runs for five days.
Two 30-minute games will be played in one day (Saturday to Tuesday) and then the final round on Wednesday (February 18).
Pastor Larry, a true chess lover and community leader, trains a number of kids in his barangay (Brgy 154, Zone 16) to involve the youth in sports, particularly chess.
He also serves as a Barangay Kagawad in his constituency.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Here we come, Russia!
The four-man Philippine contingent to Aeroflot Open 2009 -- GM Wesley So, IM Richard Bitoon, Haridas Pascua, and Jan Emmanuel Garcia -- is bound to make history.
History, because for the first time in Philippine chess, an almost U16 group will wave the Philippine flag in a land known as the real chess powerhouse.
History, because Wesley is there. Who knows, Wesley continues his momentum of conquering the world of chess.
He already conquered the Middle East and the Netherlands. Time to melt the iron curtain.
Individually, I see varied goals for our four players.
Wesley, for confirming his world-class status and creeping in to the 2700-rating mark.
Richard, for getting his second or final GM norm?
Haridas and Jan Emmanuel, for international exposure and FIDE title.
Their goals might vary, but they must have something in common -- that is, to bring honor to the Philippines and make the Filipino chess community happy, entertained, and satisfied.
For sure, the mission ahead of them is tough. Let's make it a little bearable through our soulful and selfless prayers.
Here are some facts about Aeroflot Open 2009:
The International Chess Festival "Aeroflot Open 2009" will be held in Moscow from 16 February (the day of arrival) to 27 February 2009 (the day of departure).
The Aeroflot Open Chess Festival, which is popular throughout the world, will be held in February2009 for the eighth time running. This major event is open to chess players of most varied qualification: from unrated to having a very high rating.
As before, the festival is held “under the wings” of our leading air company – Aeroflot. For the fourth year running the festival will take place in the major tourist complex “Izmailovo” - hotel “Gamma – Delta”, where the participants of the previous festivals so liked to stay and to play.
This time the festival has the largest prize fund in the entire history of Aeroflot Open Festival - EUR 180 000 (taking into account the prizes for the World Blitz Qualification Tournament).
Four Open Tournaments (A1,A2, B and C) are made up according to the rating of the participants. Naturally, the most interest is aroused by A1 tournament, requiring from a participant a rating above 2550 and usually boasting a number of extra class players.
This time, within the festival the Qualification Tournament for the World Blitz Championship will be held in addition to four open tournaments.The official hotel and tournament venue is hotel "Gamma-Delta" belonging to the Tourist Complex "Ismailovo".
The Organizers of the Festival are the "Aeroflot-Russian Airlines", the Association of Chess Federations and the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Committee on Tourism of the Municipality of Moscow.
The schedule of games:
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I chanced upon an article about the importance of physical training in relation to improving one’s chess abilities.
As you all know, GM Wesley So’s bodily exercise includes an hour of jogging everyday.
Imagine, Wesley is only 15 years old, yet he does a disciplined physical training as part of his conditioning in preparation for tough chess battles ahead.
How much more with the aged?
In the Philippine scene, it’s common to see chess players who smoke a lot while playing. One push of a pawn, puff. Move again, puff.
Ahh, it’s a punishment for a non-smoker to play against a chain smoker (of course smoking is not allowed in a formal tournament).
And would you believe, there are those who bring a wine with them (in mineral water bottles) when playing a chess game?
A sip of wine, ahh, move a pawn, a puff of cigarette, move a pawn – as if they’re treating their Queens as their GRO.
Without physical exercise, the biological bodies – not their Kings on the board -- of those chess players would be mated instead.
Time for a change. Let’s exercise and keep on playing chess.
You might be interested to read the following article that I sourced online (in case you haven’t read it yet):
Exercise Can Significantly Help Your Chess Game
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
And this time again, the tournament is hosted by a provincial government. It’s been a one-two punch by our provincial governments. Bravo!
Nueva Ecija then Aurora. You see the trend? Provincial governors are getting hooked to staging money-rich tournaments.
Let’s say this good trend continues. Given that we have some 80 provinces in the country, and let’s say half of this number, or only those ‘rich’ provinces, stage a tournament of their own.
Hmmnnn, good for our local talents.
But wait a minute. Don’t forget that it’s 2009 this year. And next year will be election time again. Ah, that might be the real force behind it.
I’m looking at the brighter side, though.
Here’s the details about the Aurora tournament (got it from Philstar online):
The provincial government of Aurora, in coordination with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, is holding the Gov. Bella Flor Angara-Castillo Cup National Open Rapid Chess Championship Feb. 14-15 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Capitol Bldg., Baler, Aurora.
It will be played under the Swiss System format, with each player given 25 minutes to finish the game. The event kicks off at 10 a.m.
The top three women, top Aurora province player and top Aurora province kiddie shall receive P2,000, P1,500 and P1,000, respectively.
Governor Bella Flor Angara-Castillo, NCFP president Prospero Pichay Jr., Grandmaster Eugene Torre and other Aurora province officials will be the guests of honor during the opening ceremonies to be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 14.
The province can be accessed from Manila via two routes, the Canili-Pantabangan road and the Baler-Bongabon Road. The former leads into the town of Maria Aurora. Some portions of the road are very steep. The latter route leads to the town of San Luis and ends in Baler. This route is more commonly used. The use of public transportation is recommended for traveling to Baler. Driving a personal vehicle to Baler may be difficult, given the long drive through rough, narrow and zigzagging mountain roads.
Manila to BalerFrom Manila, enter the North Expressway at Balintawak and exit at Sta. Rita Bulacan. From there, follow the highway leading to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. It is advisable to stop for a snack here in preparation for a rough journey.
To get around Aurora by sea, passenger boats depart from Duungan, located in a river leading to Baler Bay and Baler Poblacion. The boats are docked along the banks, just adjacent to a bridge connecting the Poblacion and Barangay Sabang. Trips to Dipaculao, Dinalungan, Casiguran and Dilasag are available.
No commercial passenger boats are available in Dingalan. Renting a boat is necessary to reach other coastal areas.
SEAIR has 8:00 AM flights from Manila to Baler every Friday and Monday. SEAIR then flies back from Baler to Manila at 9:30 AM.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Mrs. Leny So, mother of GM Wesley So, kibitzed on the kibitz page of Wesley on chessgames.com that NCFP Director Willie Abalos had already gone to the bank to pay for her son’s trip ticket for Aeroflot 2009.
Good news, indeed.
Let’s now talk about IM Richard Bitoon, the Filipino chess combatant who completes the four-man RP contingent to Aeroflot in Moscow this year.
Bitoon was reported to enter the A-2 Division, with GM Wesley in A-1 and the other two teeners (Haridas Pascua and Emmanuel Garcia) in Division B.
So what can we expect from Bitoon in his Aeroflot campaign?
His most recent successful international stint was his triumph in the recent 5th Singapore Masters International Open Tournament 2008 where emerged as the solo champion.
Bitoon's draw in the final round against Thanh Son Nguyen (2434) of Vietnam was enough to put him in solo first place. His rating performance of 2596 from four wins and five draws (no losses) might not be so impressive, but that earned him 19.5 Elo points.
Here are some of his recent accomplishments:
- tied for 3rd to 9th place (4th overall)
4th Pichay Cup
- 8th placer
1st Dragon Vietnam Chess Open
- 13th placer
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Monday, February 9, 2009
As observers put it, this boy could be another Wesley So in the making.
He first drew attention when he did a respectable accomplishment. Well, he ‘simply’ tied for first to second place with eventual champion Claudio Olar Jr. in one MCC kiddies (16-under) tournament held in Mandaluyong City.
I had a chance to have a short chat with the young parents of Stephen one Sunday when I and my chess sparring mate visited MCC in Mandaluyong.
This boy is lucky because he has very supportive parents. His mom and dad (Bong), still with backpacks straight from night-shift job, accompanied their prized son whom they enrolled in MCC chess clinic.
“Wala pa ngang tulog, pero OK lang,” said Bong whose eyes beamed with pride and optimism about his gifted son.
Interestingly, he showed me the report card of Stephen in school. To my amazement, Stephen is really a bright boy not only in chess but also in school.
Bong said his son is improving academically. Oh, yes. His grades do the talking. All his grades in the first report dramatically improved in the second reporting.
He said that Stephen was ranked Top 4 in the first grading. That improved to Top 2 in the second grading. Excellent, indeed.
Remember the HOTS (higher-order thinking skills) concept? As studies have shown, chess improves the analytical skills of kids.
That’s why the move of DepEd in including chess in the school curriculum is a move that deserves double exclamation points!!
By the way, a close friend told me that it was Bro. Rolly Dizon, NCFP director for Mindanao(?), who advised DepEd Secretary Lapus about the inclusion of chess in school academics.
And that friend of mine was the one who provided Bro. Dizon with the literature and researched facts about the benefits from chess.
May Stephen follow the footsteps of great chess legends who are well accomplished in school academics while excelling at the same time in chess.
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
As much as possible, I want to feature all of the reported Filipino participants in Aeroflot 2009 (if ever their participation pushes through).
I’ve already done some posts about GM Wesley So and Haridas Pascua.
This time I want to focus the spotlight on the 14-year old(?) Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
I personally saw Jan Emmanuel play during the 1st Mayor Alfredo Lim Rapid Chess Tournament and the 1st Bangkal Rapid Chess Tournament.
Interestingly, a man (I guess it’s his father) was in the playing area watching intently and listing down the moves being made throughout the course of the game.
Perhaps it’s their style of improving the boy’s game performance. As you all know, recording of moves is not required in rapid games.
I just don’t know if chess tournaments really allow parents in the playing area (just asking).
During the 1st Bangkal Rapid Chess Tournament, I can still remember that he played against the ace player of the Malibay Chess Club – Merben Roque, the tournament’s eventual champion.
They were playing on Board 1 (in the penultimate round, I guess), with Jan Emmanuel winning the game.
However, the young boy made a mistake in the endgame and lost.
He was teary, almost in the brink of shedding rich tears from his youthful eyes. It’s understandable, he’s still a kid for heaven’s sake!
The sadder part is that (if my observation serves me right), he received some not-so-good words from people close to him instead of consolation. It was like pouring salt into a fresh, open wound.
Ironically, the boy received encouraging words from his opponent Roque, the topseed of the event which drew roughly 100 players.
As Roque put it, “Magaling ka na talaga. Muntik na ako matalo.”
Magaling na ba talaga?
Well, he’s a member of the Philippine team (GM Wesley So, Haridas Pascua, Alcon John Datu, and himself) to the World U-16 Olympiad (Turkey, August 16-25, 2008) where they placed 3rd out of 26 teams.
Manning Board 4, he scored 7.0 points out of 10 games.
Also, let’s watch his game against a much higher rated opponent in the name of David Elorta.
ELORTA,David (2405) - GARCIA,Jan Emmanuel (2232)
4th Pichay Cup
Duty Free Fiesta Mall, Philipp
1.Nf3 g6 2.h4 Nf6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 d6 5.d4 h6 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.e4 e6 8.Bd3 Qe7 9.e5 dxe5 10.Nxe5 0-0 11.g4 c5 12.g5 Nh5 13.gxh6 Bxh6 14.Nxd7 Bxd7 15.dxc5 Bg7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Qf3 Qxc5 18.0-0-0 Bc6 19.Be4 Rac8 20.Rhg1 Bxe4 21.Qxe4 Nf6 22.Qd3 Rfd8 23.b4 Qxf2 24.Rdf1 Qxg1 0-1
Black to move. Position after 24.Rdf1.
Black unleashed 24. . . Qxg1! White resigned.
We wish Jan Emmanuel good luck!
Posted by RUSTICBULL at 8:43 PM
Thursday, February 5, 2009
When I learned that Haridas Pascua is among the Filipino woodpushers who will play in Aeoroflot 2009 in Moscow, I can’t help writing a post about him.
As you all know, he will fly to Moscow together with GM Wesley So, IM Richard Bitoon, and Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
If my stock knowledge is right, Haridas is from Baguio City. I have this some sort of “relatedness” with those coming from the City of Pines. It’s just that I stayed for four years there during my college years. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines in Baguio.
UP Baguio is now autonomous. But during my time there, it did not enjoy autonomy as it was annexed to UP Diliman.
Anyway, it was my first time to see Haridas in action when he defeated Merben Roque, the ace of Malibay Chess Club, during the 1st Mayor Alfredo Lim Rapid Chess tournament in SM Manila in 2008.
I can still remember that Haridas, holding the white pieces, beat Roque in a Benoni fight. Haridas trapped Roque’s knight and eventually won the game. But in the end, Haridas settled for second place only (am not sure, though).
Born in 1993, he now parades a FIDE rating of 2343 and is presently the 39th highest ranked player in the country. Despite his strength as a competitive player, I believe that he’s not earned any master’s title yet (correct me if I’m wrong).
In this campaign in Aeroflot and all the other campaigns that lie ahead, we wish Haridas all the luck.
See my previous post about Haridas. Please click HERE.
Haridas Pascua (right) battling Edmundo Gatus during the 1st Mayor Alfredo Lim Rapid Chess Tournament at SM Manila in 2008.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
By the way the Philippine media is covering the exploits of GM Wesley So, one could easily deduce the idea that Wesley is the Philippine chess.
What do I mean by that?
The media does not look at the entirety of sports. It zooms in on the extraordinary.
The media focuses its attention on one personality that can embody the totality of a certain sport.
The media wants a name. It wants a face.
But it wants only one name. Only one face. That is the best way to build up a readership or viewership.
It’s just like serializing the story of a hero, or a “bida.” That way, a news item becomes a hot product to sell.
Take for instance, Manny Pacquiao. He is simply the Philippine boxing. Did you know that Pacquiao is in the news everyday last year – and that is from January 1 up to December 31?
Why that media attention? Pacquiao sells, you know.
Media is business, after all. The political economy of mass media dictates what to land on the pages of newspapers or what to see on TV.
Wesley is indeed lucky – even providential – to get the attention of media. In the first place, he rightfully deserved it.
The thing is, he is not simply covered by the media – he is glorified by it! He is positioned in the minds of the public as a good boy hero.
Am I right to say that it is Wesley who put back Philippine chess in the radar of Philippine media nowadays?
Everything seems going right for Wesley. The successes in international tournaments. The legion of fans and supporters. The media attention.
I don’t think that it is Wesley who went to the media for attention. Wesley just did the right things. He displayed extraordinary talent. He showed a wonderful attitude – that of humility that every Filipino adores as part of our culture.
It is his own nature that is his best PR.
In the end, doing the right things really pays.
By Roy Luarca
MANILA, Philippines—It’s going to be another busy year for teen sensation Wesley So.
Minutes after his arrival in Manila from The Netherlands, where he topped Group C of the 71st Corus Chess Tournament, the 15-year-old So said that he is slated to leave anew for the 2009 Aeroflot Open chess championship which starts Feb. 16 in Moscow, Russia.
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