Ricardo de Guzman
|Ricardo de Guzman|
|Full name||Ricardo de Guzman|
|Born||September 12, 1961|
|Title||International Master (1982)|
|Peak rating||2439 (January 2004)|
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Ricardo de Guzman (born September 12, 1961) is a Filipino chess player. He was one of the premiere players of the Philippines in the 1980s and was awarded the title of International Master in 1982. He is nationally ranked 39th in the Philippines, 22nd among active players. He reached a peak rating of 2439 but currently has a classical ELO rating of 2344, rapid rating of 2261 (peak rating was 2376 in January 2019) and blitz rating of 2363 (peak rating was 2405 in July 2014 – December 2018) per FIDE.
Currently, de Guzman is also into coaching in the US where he trains several kids to become future chess masters. He is offering private coaching and group classes online via Skype, Google Meet, Zoom, and other media platforms. He is also a trainer in the well-known North California House of Chess. Among those who've availed of his coaching services were various schools in the Bay Area, Success Chess Academy, Weibel Chess and Norcal House of Chess.
Asian Junior Chess Championship
De Guzman won the prestigious Asian Junior Chess Championship in 1981 held at Dhaka, Bangladesh where he was awarded an outright IM title. He actually finished in a tie with GM Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh but won the title based on a superior tiebreak as he had more wins than Murshed.
De Guzman participated in three (3) Olympiads:
- 23rd Chess Olympiad conducted at Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1978 where he played the 2nd Reserve Board where as an unranked player he contributed 1.0/5 winning 1 and losing 4 games for a 20.0% winning rate and 2028 Tournament Performance Rating (TPR). The team placed 24th in this edition of the Olympiad.
- 26th Chess Olympiad held at Thessaloniki, Greece in 1984 where this time he manned Board 3 and performed quite well posting 4½ points in 8 games on the strength of 2 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss for a winning rate of 56.3% and a TPR of 2374 as compared to his 2355 ELO rating at that time. The team placed 16th in this Olympiad.
- 30th Chess Olympiad held at Manila, Philippines in 1992 where he was Team Philippines' Board 4 player where he recorded 3 points out of 8 games registering 1 win, 4 draws and 3 losses for a low 37.5% winning rate with a TPR of 2257 as compared to his ELO rating of 2390. The team ended up in 31st place.
He ended his stint in the Olympiad with a 8½ points in 21 games recording 4 wins, 9 draws and 8 losses for a winning rate of 40.5%.
World Chess Championship
He participated in the World Chess Championship cycle 1998-1999 through the Zonal 3.2a held in Yangon, Myanmar in 1998 where he tied for 21st-25th places eventually copping 21st place after tiebreaks. He scored 3½ points in 9 games posting 2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses where he had a 2162 TPR as against his ELO rating of 2400 at that time. It was not enough to qualify for the Interzonals held in 1999 at Las Vegas.
Asian Team Chess Championship
De Guzman was a 4-time participant in the Asian Team Chess Championship:
Event Board ELO Record Winning % Individual result Rank TPR Team result New Delhi Asian Team Chess Championship (5th) 1983 4th 2300 +5 =3 -1 72.2% 6.5/9 Silver 2418 Silver  Dubai Asian Team Chess Championship (6th) 1986 4th 2385 +5 =1 -1 78.6% 5.5/7 Silver 2496 Gold  Genting Highlands Asian Team Chess Championship (8th) 1989 2nd 2350 +5 =2 -2 66.7% 6.0/9 Fourth 2568 Fourth  Singapore Asian Team Chess Championship (11th) 1995 4th 2400 +4 =0 -1 80.0% 4.0/5 Gold 2376 Gold 
He finished his stint in the Asian Team Chess Championship with an outstanding total of 22 points in 30 games posting 19 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses for a winning rate of 73.3% garnering 6 medals in total: 1 gold and 2 silvers in Individual Play and 2 golds and 1 silver in Team Competitions.
Philippine Chess Championship
De Guzman participated in the Filipino Chess Championship various times:
Year Event ELO Rank 2016 Philippine Chess Championship 2364 27th 2019 Philippine Chess Championship 2362 10th
Other significant tournaments
Bob Burger Open
In January 2002, de Guzman won the Bob Burger Open held on January 5, beating SM David Pruess and NM Michael Aigner along the way.
On January 17, 2004, de Guzman won the Bob Burger Open with a perfect score of 5.0/5 that included a victory against fellow IM Jay Whitehead in the last round.
On January 9, 2010, de Guzman won the 10th Bob Burger Open conducted at the Mechanics Institute, San Francisco, California, USA where he went unbeaten scoring 4.5/5 on 4 wins and a draw against high school Evan Meyer Sandberg in the 5th and final round of the tournament that attracted 38 players.
Other US tournaments
De Guzman won the 2004 Sacramento Chess Championship over the 4th of July weekend going undefeated and scoring 5.0/6 (4 wins and 2 draws). Among his victories were against FM Bela Evans and NM Kenneth Hills while he drew against NMs Michael Aigner and Timothy Taylor to beat high school student Ankit Gupta by half a point for the title.
De Guzman won the 2010 Dolan Memorial International Chess tournament held in San Francisco, California last October 9, 2010. He won all 5 of his games defeating Jeffrey Xiaoyang Zhang, Daniel Liu, compatriots Arjoe Loanzon and Romulo Fuentes and Paul Gallegos, in succession, to win the championship trophy.
In 2014, de Guzman won the 5th Central California Open held from August 15–17, 2014 in Fresno, California after he scored 4.5/5 thereby winning the first prize amounting to US$1,300 plus an additional US$100 bonus prize for being clear first in the tournament. He was a half point ahead of top seed GM Enrico Sevillano and IM Ray Kaufman.
De Guzman took part also in the US Class Championship, a six-round event held from October 31 to November 2, 2014 at the spacious Santa Clara Convention Center. He ended up in a tie for 2nd place with IM Sevillano both ending up with 4.5/6 and each received US$803.00 in the tournament won by GM Cristian Chirila.
De Guzman participated also in the 2014 North American Open won by SGM So with 8.0/9 (+7 =2 -0) held from December 26-30, 2014. He wound up in a tie for 37-47th places all with 4.5 points although he only played 8 games recording 3 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. 
In 2015, de Guzman joined the 2nd Millionaire Chess Open held from October 8-12, 2015 and won by Super GM Wesley So of the US. He had a starting rank of 69 but placed 108 overall after scoring 3.5 points in 9 games recording 2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses with a TPR of 2285 as against his 2374 ELO.
On June 22, 2019, de Guzman won the 7th leg of the National Executive Chess Championship dubbed as Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas Jr. Chess Cup held at the Activity Hall, Alphaland, Makati Place, Ayala Avenue, Makati City where he scored 5.0/6 in a tie with IM Petronio Roca but had a better tie-break to emerge as champion.
Asian Seniors 50+ Division
On July 15, 2020 de Guzman won the Asian Seniors Zone 3.3 Online Chess Championship (50+ division) after defeating Rudijanto Majella of Indonesia in the final round. He actually ended up tied with GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. and NM Rudy Ibañez all with 6.0 points but won the title on better tie-break points. All three (3) went to represent Zone 3.3 in the Asian Seniors Finals held on July 21, 2020.
In the finals of the Asian Seniors 50+ division, de Guzman placed 4th overall in the tournament won by compatriot GM Antonio. He scored 5.5 points in 9 games in a tie with Bahadur Chettri Ram of Nepal (5th) and Uzbek GM Saidali Iuldachev (6th).
Date Event Venue Rank 1978 Chess Olympiad Member Buenos Aires, Argentina ---- 1981 Asian Junior Championship Dhaka, Bangladesh First Place 1983 Asian Team Championship New Delhi, India Second Place 1984 Chess Olympiad Member Thessaloniki, Greece ---- 1985 Asian Masters Championship Singapore First Place 1992 Chess Olympiad Member Manila, Philippines ---- 2002 Calchess State Championship California, USA First Place 2003 Vallejo Chess Championship USA First Place 2004 Pacific Coast Open USA Second Place 2006 Cal Classic Championship California, USA First Place 2010 Dolan Memorial International Chess San Francisco First Place 2010 Pafnutieff Open Chess Championship San Francisco First Place 2011 Sacramento Chess Championship Sacramento First Place 2013 Calchess State Championship California, USA First Place 2014 Fresno International Chess Tournament California, USA First Place 2019 PECA National Executive Open Manila, Philippines First Place 2019 National Executive Championships Boracay, Aklan, Phils Fifth Place 2020 PSC-NCFP Chess Championship Quezon City, Philippines Second Place 2020 Asian Senior Chess Qualifier 3.3 Zone Online Manila First Place 2020 Asian Senior Chess Championship Online UAE Fourth Place
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