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  • Sa wakas,” said the soft-spoken Gonzales in a long distance interview with this writer yesterday. Aside from pocketing the $5,000 champion’s purse, Gonzales also set the record as the first-ever Filipino chesser to win the Subic Open International Chess Championship.

    “Napakasarap kasi ako ang unang Filipino player na nagkampeon sa Subic Chess at timing na timing ganito din ako noong 1998 na kauna-unahang Filipinong nagkampeon sa Southern California International Open Chess,” said Gonzales, who will lead a bunch of Filipino players against Myanmar in a goodwill match on Monday in Tagaytay City. The Quezon City-based Gonzales, currently No. 8 in the April 2008 Fide rating list with 2490 points after getting 22 more points for his superb performance in the Subic Open, needs 10 more Elo rating points to formally earn his GM title

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