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CHENNAI, INDIA — By beating the vaunted Swedes, the Philippine men’s chess team will have a chance to gatecrash into the Top 10 with its female counterpart—that is if the Filipinas win over the Dutch in the 33rd Chess Olympiad in India.
As of press time, the Philippines overwhelmed both Monaco and Angola via identical scores of 3.5-.5 in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, thus entering the Top 20 after four rounds of the Olympiad held at the Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort and Convention Center in Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India.
Squeezing a marathon 80-move draw from an inferior position of a King’s Indian Attack, grandmaster (GM) Rogelio Barcenilla Jr. staved off a possible defeat and halved the point with Ukrainian-born Woman GM (WGM) Tatiana Dornbusch on top board.
On the other hand, GMs John Paul Gomez and Darwin Laylo and International Master Paulo Bersamina scored triumphs by trashing their respective foes on boards two to four with relative ease that elevated the Philippine team into a 23-nation tie at 18th place with six match points apiece.
The Philippine women’s team was equally impressive following wins by WGM Janelle Mae Frayna and Women International Masters (WIMs) Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Marie Antoinette San Diego on the top three boards and a draw by WIM Kylen Joy Mordido with Angolan Renelsa Taiane Antonio on board four. (ai/mtvn)