Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pestaño: Kim Kardashian wants Levon Aronian

KIM Kardashian, the reality TV star and one of the most beautiful women in the world, was in the news lately when she tweeted that she wanted Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian to teach her how to play the intricate game.

“I want to learn how to play chess. Wondering if Levon Aronian can teach me,” she tweeted. These 15 words have been retweeted nearly 600 times on Twitter, causing a stir and excitement among the chess community.

Erik Allebest, owner of, one of my favorite websites that I visit everyday, was very “touched” by Kim Kardashian’s interest in the game, and offered to sponsor her chess training, recommending 21-year-old U.S. Grandmaster Sam Shankland as the “ideal tutor.”

Aronian, when informed of the tweet by reporters, also agreed. “Oh, that’s funny. I am not under spotlights frequently. I guess it’s fun,” he stated.

Aronian is an Armenian chess Grandmaster who is very popular among Pinoys as his girlfriend is WIM Arianne Caoili, a Fil-Aussie mestisa who was formerly our top lady player but transferred to Australia. Arianne is also one of the most beautiful chess players in the world, which makes Aronian a lucky man indeed. In the January, 2013 FIDE list, Aronian had an Elo rating of 2809, making him number 3 in the world.

Wesley So breaks 2700. The penultimate round of the 28th Reykjavik Open started with six players sharing the lead. Two of them—Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So—scored victories and go to the last round as the leaders. Wesley’s live rating is now 2701.

Wesley played with white against Marcin Dziuba in the penultimate round. The Polish GM chose the Caro-Kann Defense and So demonstrated that he was very well prepared to face this opening. According to Chessdom, “The game became exciting when the Filipino went for a queen sacrifice in exchange of a rook and bishop. The position was very sharp and Wesley claimed a winning advantage with an exchange sacrifice. A very nice final sequence finished in checkmate on move 41.”

So’s Rating Performance going to the 10th and final round is 2768. The ten-round Swiss-System event offers a prize fund of 15,000 euros with the winner taking 5,000 euros and the runner-up getting 2,000 euros.

As I write this, the game between Eljanov and Wesley has ended in a draw which is rather disappointing as they played only three moves! So they are both tied for first at 8 points. The other players with 7 points were still being played and theoretically the winners can only tie for first.

The bunch of 7.0 pointers who were to face each other are GM Grzegorz Gajewski of Poland against GM Bassem Amin of Egypt; GM Anish Giri of The Netherlands against GM Gawain Jones of England; and GM Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria against IM Wei Yi of China.

Charter Day. Only kiddies and ladies played in the Charter day tournament at Colonnade Mall.

The champion among kiddies was Kyle Sevillano with 6 points. He was followed by Felix Shaun Balbona, Christian Pondoyo and Diego Claro, all with 5.5 points.

Among the ladies, Airene Robillos was first with five points. She ewas tied with
Shaira Monsalud but had a better tiebreak. The third and fourth placers were were Jhoronnie Bontes and Laila Nadera, respectively.

Cepca monthly. The February edition tournament of the club was held at Deep Blue in SM last Sunday.

Top 5 Ranking after 6 rounds-- 1.) NM Arnold Cadiz (5.5), 2.) Amado Olea (5.0), 3.) Mike Banibane (5.0), 4.) Jun Kidlat (4.0), 5.) Michael Rebato (4.0).

NM Cadiz is presently a Kagawad of Brgy Camputhaw, Cebu City. Olea, Rebato and Llenes and Gino Tequillo are new club members. Olea is a member of the Philippine Air Force based in Mactan, while Gino is a lawyer.

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