REIGNING national junior champion John Marvin Miciano of Davao is the country’s newest FIDE Master.
Miciano achieved the chess milestone by finishing with six points in nine rounds in the 2017
Penang Heritage Open International Chess Championships in Malaysia recently.
The 17-year-old senior high school student of Far Eastern University-Diliman also achieved his
first international master norm.
Overall, the 37th-seeded Miciano (ELO 2224) finished in 17th place with five wins, two draws
and two losses.
Miciano won over Nhavin Kumaresan of Malaysia in the first round, compatriot IM Haridas Pascua
in the second round, FM Deni Sonjaya of Indonesia in the fifth round, IM Emmanuel Senador in the
seventh round and FM Jodi Setyaki of Indonesia in the ninth and final round.
Miciano’s coach, GM Jayson Gonzales , had good words after the tournament.
“Marvin’s passion to continue to improve his game to the highest level through regular
training and participation in big-time tournaments gives hope for Philippine chess to produce another
grandmaster in the next two years, if not in 2018,” said Gonzales.
“As this point, his current live rating is 2327, improving his previous rating of 2224. He
needs only to hone his chess understanding and most especially, his mental toughness and nerves,”
Miciano’s participation is supported by NCFP president Cong. Prospero Pichay Jr. and NCFP
vice president for Mindanao Atty. Anthony Cliburn Orbe together with PSC chairman William Ramirez and
FEU chairman Aurelio Montinola III
Up next for Miciano is the Johor Open International in Malaysia on Dec. 12-19, 2017 with the
hope of getting his second IM title.
Aside from Miciano, seven other Filipino players saw action in the tournament with IM Oliver
Dimakiling winding up in fifth place with 6.5 points.
The Penang tournament attracted 134 participants -- seven GMs, 17 IMs and 11 FMs -- from 16