GM Enrico Sevillano

USCF 2549
FIDE 2467

If history foretells the future, Enrico Sevillano will surely win this tournament. He has played five times. After a rocky debut in 2005, he took first prize in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Unprecedented!

His record in the SCCF’s other state championship, the Southern California Open, is equally impressive. He won in 2003 (when he lived in Nevada) and as a Californian in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Sevillano’s illustrious career stretches back to his boyhood in the Philippines, where he defeated future world champion Viswanathan Anand, won the national championship, and represented his country twice in the Chess Olympiad. Since his arrival in the US in 1995, he has won all three “Triple Crown” events (the US Open, National Open and American Open) and dozens of lesser tournaments. His victory in the 21st Metropolitan GM last year, capped by wins in his final three games, gave him his long-overdue title of grandmaster.

Sevillano’s strength is accurate calculation. He always seems to see a move or two further than his opponent.