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Mark Paragua
M Paragua 
Photography copyright © 2009, courtesy of "pulsar"  
Number of games in database: 440
Years covered: 1993 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2529 (2573 rapid, 2493 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2618

Overall record: +133 -92 =119 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 96 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B90 B30 B33 B22 B81
 King's Indian Attack (32) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 D02 D00 A46 A41
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B99 B96 B91
 Slav (13) 
    D12 D11 D15 D17 D14
 French Defense (11) 
    C00 C03 C16 C05 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (69) 
    B90 B51 B92 B42 B50
 King's Indian (52) 
    E67 E97 E92 E94 E61
 Sicilian Najdorf (30) 
    B90 B92 B98 B95 B93
 Slav (21) 
    D11 D17 D15 D18 D12
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 A45 A40 E00
 English (8) 
    A10 A15 A11 A18 A14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Paragua vs D Debashis, 2012 1-0
   M Paragua vs Aronian, 2000 1-0
   M Paragua vs J Goh, 2004 1-0
   M Paragua vs Movsesian, 2005 1-0
   M Paragua vs J Song, 2008 1-0
   M Paragua vs Dreev, 2005 1-0
   M Paragua vs D Cilia Vincenti, 2004 1-0
   A Gupta vs M Paragua, 2012 0-1
   Adams vs M Paragua, 2011 1/2-1/2
   M Paragua vs C Liang, 2001 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Turin Open (2000)
   Festival Ducale Open-A (2001)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   41st World Junior Championship (2002)
   38th World Open (2010)
   Kolkata Open (2012)
   10th Asian Individual Championship (2011)
   28th World Open (2000)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Pinoy Masters by Naja

   🏆 Marshall Winter IM
   B Hardaway vs M Paragua (Feb-24-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Paragua vs A Tari (Aug-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   C Juarez Flores vs M Paragua (Aug-08-22) 0-1
   Jobava vs M Paragua (Aug-07-22) 1/2-1/2
   M Paragua vs D Mastrovasilis (Aug-06-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-29-1984, 39 years old) Philippines

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Mark Paragua became the youngest Filipino master ever when he was 9 years old. He became the Philippines' youngest IM when he was 14 years and 8 months old, although this record has now been superceded by Wesley So who became an IM at the age of 12 years and 10 months. In August 2005, at the age of 20, he became the youngest ever Filipino Grand Master until Wesley So broke his record by achieving the GM title a couple of months after his 14th birthday.

He qualified for the World Cup (2011) via Asian Zonal 3.3, but lost to English super-GM Michael Adams in the first round. He came =3rd (4th on tiebreak) with 6.5/9 at the HD Bank Open held in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2013 and =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the 2013 Asian Continental Championship, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he lost to Russian super-GM Dmitry Jakovenko in the first round, and exited the contest.

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Last updated: 2017-03-29 19:17:04

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 528  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½351993Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Ganguly vs M Paragua  1-0331995Wch U12D02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. M Paragua vs Navara 1-0371996Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. M Paragua vs C S Matamoros Franco  0-1361996Ubeda OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. D Marciano vs M Paragua  1-0301996Ubeda OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. M Paragua vs JP Garcia  1-0241996Ubeda OpenB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
7. M Paragua vs J N Sales  1-0291997Greenhills opB06 Robatsch
8. W Kelleher vs M Paragua  ½-½741998Saitek US MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. J L Watson vs M Paragua  1-0341998Saitek US MastersE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
10. M Paragua vs C Rubsamen  0-1441998Saitek US MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
11. L Stevens vs M Paragua  0-1351998Saitek US MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. M Paragua vs G Kramer  1-0321998Saitek US MastersC45 Scotch Game
13. M Paragua vs D Woods  1-0381998Saitek US MastersB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. Shamkovich vs M Paragua  ½-½531998Saitek US MastersE81 King's Indian, Samisch
15. M Paragua vs E Pruner  1-0251998Saitek US MastersB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
16. D Ippolito vs M Paragua  1-0271998Saitek US MastersE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. D Sharp vs M Paragua  0-154199899th US OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. M Paragua vs Wojtkiewicz  0-154199899th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. L Stevens vs M Paragua  1-042199899th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. M Paragua vs P Mach 1-0221998Wch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
21. Wojtkiewicz vs M Paragua  ½-½361999US opA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Zhe Quan vs M Paragua  1-0691999World Junior Ch.E81 King's Indian, Samisch
23. Wojtkiewicz vs M Paragua ½-½361999100th US OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Chalker vs M Paragua 0-1291999100th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. M Paragua vs M Mulyar  0-1401999100th US OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 528  PGN Download
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Aug-11-13  DynamicPulse: <SusanPolgar> replied on my tweet and she confirmed that Paragua lost. This is what she said:

Susan Polgar ‏@SusanPolgar 2m
@Tamerlaine Paragua lost. Someone entered it wrong on the live game site.

Too bad :(

Aug-12-13  epistle: at least the mistake gave us momentary happiness.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Mark Paragua won the 2nd side event meant for Norwegians + players knocked out of World Cup (2013):, but few World Cup players participated. There were 3 rapid games on Aug. 16 and 4 normal games on Aug. 17-18. Oliver Barbosa took third.

Aug-19-13  kaingero:
Sep-16-13  pinoymaster77: Bobby Ang's WC wrapup :

Sep-16-13  pinoymaster77: But since BW articles goes into a storage site over some time, posting here the part on Jakovenko vs Paragua game :

The game I’d like to look at is Paragua vs Jakovenko in the first round. Mark took a fearless stance and attacked Jakovenko’s king in an absorbing middlegame battle. After the smoke had cleared there was a Q+B+P endgame that was excellently played by Black. The decision took 67 moves to bring home but it was never boring. * * *
Paragua, Mark (2565) -- Jakovenko, Dmitry (2724) [B85] FIDE World Cup Tromso (1.1), 11.08.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0 -- 0 Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 d6

From the Taimanov we have transposed to one of the main tabiya (battle array) of the Sicilian Scheveningen.

10.Kh1 0 -- 0 11.Qe1 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3 Bb7

Putting pressure on e4. Black cannot relax, as White always has threats. For example, 13...Nd7 14.Rd1 Bb7 15.Rd3! Nc5 16.Rg3 g6 17.f5! exf5 (17...Bh4 18.Rxg6+ fxg6 19.Qxh4 is no good for Black) 18.exf5 Bh4 19.Rxg6+ fxg6 20.Qxh4 Qc6? (Oparin, G (2497)-Panarin, M (2565) Yekaterinburg RUS 2013 0 -- 1 48).

Panarin should have played 20...Qd7 although after 21.Qh6 Black’s position is still critical. After 20...Qc6 White spoiled the attack with 21.Qh3? when he could have ended the game quickly with 21.Bf3! Rxf5 22.Nd5! curtains.

14.Qg3 Rad8 15.Bd3 Rd7 16.Rae1 Re8 <D>

Position after 16...Re8


Marks’ idea is to play 18.Nd5! (stronger than 18.e5 because 18...dxe5 19.fxe5 Rxd4 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 Black’s king manages to run to safety). After 18.Nd5! exd5 19.exd5 and now the insecure position of the Black rook on e8 is going to cost him.

Having said that, 17.Qh3 is actually an inaccuracy, as it allows Black to play 17...e5! right away. If you have studied Paragua’s games you will have noticed that when he is playing Black in the Sicilian Defense he is always going for ...e7 -- e5 or e6 -- e5, so I am a bit surprised why he allowed this as White. Better is 17.Re3 g6 18.Ref3 which keeps the attack going. A possible continuation: 18...d5 19.e5 Ne4 20.Qe1 b4 21.axb4 Bxb4 22.Rh3 Qd8 23.Qe3 Nxc3 24.bxc3 Bf8 and now the grand finale: 25.f5! exf5 26.Bxf5! gxf5 27.Rg3+ Kh8 (27...Bg7 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.e6+) 28.e6+ f6 29.Rxf5 Bg7 30.Rh5 Rc7 31.Qd3 h6 32.Rxg7! Rxg7 33.Rxh6+ Kg8 34.Qh3 1 -- 0 (34) Areshchenko, A (2664)-Ftacnik, L (2568) Bundesliga 2010.

17...e5! 18.fxe5 dxe5 19.Nd5 Bxd5

Jakovenko has to keep his knight on f6. Otherwise 19...Nxd5? 20.exd5 g6 21.Rxf7! ends the game.

20.exd5 Rxd5 21.Bc3

[21.Rxf6 Bxf6 (21...Rxd4?? 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Qh8#) 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Bc3 a5 24.Be4 Rdd8 White does not have a good way to continue the attack]

21...Bd8 22.Rf5 g6 23.Qg3 Re6 24.Bxe5?! Qe7 25.Rxf6 Rexe5 26.Rxe5 Rxe5 27.Rf1

Mark’s attack has been pushed back and Jakovenko has a slight advantage as all his pawns are on white squares giving his dark-squared bishop more scope than its counterpart. Black makes the most of his chances.

27...Bc7 28.Qf2 Kg7 29.Qd4 f6

With the idea of ...Rh5.

30.g3 Qe6

Threatening ...Qc6+, Kg1, ...Bb6 winning the queen.

31.Qf2 h5 32.Qf3 Qd6 33.Rd1 Qe7 34.Qc6 Re6 35.Qd5 h4 36.gxh4 Re1+ 37.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 38.Kg2 Qd2+ 39.Kf1 Qf4+ 40.Ke2 Qxh2+ 41.Kf1 Bg3 42.Qd7+ Kh6 43.Qd4 Qh1+ 44.Ke2 Qg2+ 45.Kd1 Qf3+ 46.Kd2 Bf4+ 47.Ke1 Qh1+ 48.Ke2 Qxh4

Let’s take stock:

Black is a pawn up but the bishops are of opposite colors, two connected passed pawns are not enough to win in an endgame with bishops of opposite colors.

In the position on the board, if you remove the queens and all the queenside pawns then the position is drawn.

Therefore Mark goes for a queen exchange, followed by c2 -- c4 or a3 -- a4 to liquidate the queenside pawns.

49.Qf2 Qxf2+!

Apparently Jakovenko, one of the best endgame players in the world, does not agree with Paragua’s diagnosis. By the way, Dmitry must have noticed that his bishop and a1, the possible queening square of his a-pawn, are of the same color, so if White manages to exchange his bishop for black’s two pawns on the kingside he can still go over to the queenside and win with KB+rook pawn against White’s King.

50.Kxf2 Bc1! 51.c4 Bxb2 52.cxb5 a5!!

Of course 52...axb5? 53.Bxb5 Bxa3 is a draw, for example 54.Kf3 f5 55.Bd3 Kg5 56.Bc2 Kf6 57.Bd3 g5 58.Bc2 g4+ 59.Kg2 f4 60.Bd1 Kg5 61.Be2 Kh4 62.Bd1 Bc5 63.Be2 Black cannot make progress.

53.a4 Kg5 54.Ke3 f5 55.Be2 Be5 56.b6 Kh4 57.b7 g5 58.Bd3 f4+ 59.Ke4 Bb8 60.Be2

[60.Kf3 g4+ 61.Kg2 f3+ 62.Kf2 Ba7+ 63.Kf1 g3 wins]

60...g4 61.Bb5 Kg3 62.Kf5 f3 63.Bc4 f2 64.Be2 Ba7 65.Kg5

[65.Bf1 allows 65...Kf3 and soon the g-pawn will give clinch the game]

65...Kg2 66.Kxg4 f1Q 67.Bxf1+ Kxf1 0 -- 1

The finish will be 68.Kf3 Ke1 69.Ke4 Kd2 70.Kd5 Kc3 71.Kc6 Kb4 72.Kc7 Kxa4 73.b8Q Bxb8+ 74.Kxb8 Kb5 the end.

Not a disgrace to lose such a game. If ever Jakovenko makes a book on his best games I reckon this one will be there.

Sep-30-13  pinoymaster77: Nil Maglas interview of GM Mac mainly on the World Cup in Tromso :

Oct-28-13  lakers4sho: Horrible showing this past couple of months or so, continues to bleed away elo points
Oct-28-13  bien pensant: It may be because they have a cow-like regimen there where even Wesley So grew fat. Cows just stand in on place munching. Goats are constantly on the move. Goats are smarter than cows.
Nov-05-13  pinoymaster77: Its not the goats and cows here, but the beer, rice and meaty viands / pulutans
Apr-11-14  pinoymaster77: Eto nasa FIDE site kung ano due na ma credit na 3 US events for the April rating, its a net of -3, but GM Mac is co-leading in the Marshall event in NY, games are every weekend...

Apr-18-14  joeyj: Philadelphia Open 2014 Standings – Open Section

Apr-19-14  joeyj: 4.0/5 so far for Mark P.

Apr-28-14  pinoymaster77: If I understand right, for the 3 events listed for April 2014 calculation, net is -8.8 ? Mainly for fundraising trip siguro to offset the development on PSC allowance decrease. Hope all backlog prizes have already been received by GM Mac.

Tournament skeds in the US previously published stretch until July, so malabong makalaro sa BOGM kung tuloy in June.

Apr-28-14  joeyj: +6.8 for May 2014


Apr-28-14  lakers4sho: so I see that he won against CG's almighty csmath, cool!
Nov-11-14  kamagong24: searching for GM Paragua...
Nov-11-14  kamagong24: alexmagnus: Ans I find it very funny how you praise him although it's not clear if he won at all and if yes why :D.

simple, we are fanatics :p

Mar-01-15  asianwarrior: He is still losing ELO points as of March 2015 ratings.
Aug-23-16  kamagong24: still looking for GM Paragua...
Sep-13-17  maelith: GM Paragua lives in New York City, and plays at the Marshall Chess Club.
Sep-13-17  Viktorerro: Really?
So he is now a club expert-master-hustler,
A perfect fit for a disciplined Marshall arts black belter.
Mar-29-18  bubuli55: Happy Birthday!
Mar-19-19  trumpovsky: He is currently number 1 Philippines chess player!
Jul-17-21  Albertan: GM Mark Paragua rules 4th annual Chooks-to-Go National rapid chess tournament:

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