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Darwin Laylo (born 1980) is a Filipino chess grandmaster.

Darwin Laylo
Full nameDarwin Laylo
Born1980 (age 38–39)
FIDE rating2420 (September 2019)
Peak rating2556 (January 2010)
Darwin Laylo
Medal record
Representing  Philippines
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou Men's Team

Laylo won the Philippine national championship in 2004 and 2006. These wins earned him a place on the Philippine teams in the 2004 Calvià Olympiad and in 2006 at Turin.[1]

In 2006 he gained two GM norms, the first from the 2006 Malaysian Open, and the second at the 2006 Bad Wiessee tournament in Germany. His third and final norm came in the 2007 Asian Chess Championship in Cebu, Philippines.

Laylo placed in the top ten of the 2007 Asian Chess Championship, earning a place in the 2007 World Chess Cup, November, 2007, in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Seeded 113th out of 128 participants, Laylo was eliminated in the first round, 1½–½, by the French grandmaster Étienne Bacrot.

In 2008, he tied for 3rd-7th with Ashot Nadanian, Marat Dzhumaev, Dražen Sermek and Susanto Megaranto in the 5th Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Championship in Kuala Lumpur.[2] In 2009, he came first in the Zonal tournament in Ho Chi Minh.[3]


  1. ^ OlimpBase Men's Chess Olympiads Darwin Laylo
  2. ^ "IGB 5th Arthur Tan Malaysian Open 2008". FIDE. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Zone 3.3 Men Championship". FIDE. Retrieved 20 March 2011.

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