The Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation has confirmed the grandmaster title of Filipino Julio Catalino Sadorra during the FIDE second quarter presidential board meeting in Al Ain, UAE early this month.
The US-based Sadorra, a sophomore at the University of Texas-Dallas majoring in Applied Mathematics, earned his third and final GM norm in the UT Dallas Grandmaster Invitational tournament. last March.
The confirmation from the chess governing body, more popularly known by its French acronym FIDE, has made Sadorra the 14th Filipino GM. He thus joined the country’s elite circle of GMs that includes the prodigy Wesley So, Eugene Torre, Joey Antonio, Nelson Mariano II, Jayson Gonzales, Bong Villamayor, Rogelio Barcenilla Jr., Mark Paragua, John Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo, Joseph Sanchez, Roland Salvador and the late RosendoBalinas.
On the distaff side, FIDE also confirmed the Women International Master titles to ChadineCheradee Camacho and Catherine Perena. Other Filipino WIMs are GirmieFontanilla, Cristine Rose Mariano, Beverly Mendoza and Fil-Aussie Arianne Caoili.
Meanwhile, Asia’s first grandmaster Eugene Torre expressed his willingness to help in the preparation of the Philippine chess team vying for the gold in the 26th Southeast Asian Games slated Nov. 11-25 in Palembang and Jakarta, Indonesia.
The 59-year-old Torre also clarified he isn’t retiring yet, as he is still eyeing a spot in the team that will compete in the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.
Torre holds the record of 19 consecutive Olympiad stints after the 2006 Turin meet. He bested the 18 appearances of Finland’s Heikki Westerinen. Torre is currently tied with former World Championship challenger GM Lajos Portisch of Hungary with most number of non-consecutive appearances with 20.
The country’s best finish in the chess Olympiad was in the 1988 Thessaloniki Olympiad where the Philippines placed seventh.