Mark Callano Paragua
(born March 29, 1984) is a Filipino chess Grandmaster
. He was born in the Philippines to Flordeliza Callano and Ricardo Paragua, who is also his coach. The father and son travel around the world to participate in international tournaments.
At the 1998 Disney
World Rapid Chess Championship for Kids, held November 15–17 at the EuroDisney
theme park in Paris
, Paragua and Bu Xiangzhi
each finished first with 7½ points in Boys 14 and under section, with Paragua taking the gold medal on tiebreak points.
He was the youngest Filipino master ever, at 9 years of age. He also became the youngest Filipino GM ever at 20 (until GM Wesley So
erased it), beating out Eugenio Torre
's record by about two years.
He qualified for the 2004 World Championship
. Paragua was eliminated by Super GM Viktor Bologan
in the first round 1-3. He also qualified for World Cup Chess 2005 (qualifying tournament for world championship). He upset Armenian
Super GM Sergei Movsesian
in the first round before narrowly losing in the tie breaker against an even stronger opponent in Alexey Dreev
in the second round (Paragua drew both his games against Dreev in the regulation)
Paragua become the first super Grandmaster (to reach 2600 mark) in Philippine history after he placed second in the Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championships that ended Friday at the Stanford Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Paragua finished the 9-round Swiss system event with 7.0 points after... Read More