Frayna wins in World Junior Chess Meet

FAR Eastern University-FERN (FEU-FERN), Quezon City bet Woman National Master (WNM) Janelle Mae Frayna defeated Woman Fide Master (WFM) Diana Hannes of Germany to remain in contention in the eight round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior and 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships at the Hotel Vijay Park in Tamil Nadu, South India, yesterday.

Frayna, from Legazpi City, Albay, defeated Hannes using the dvantageous black pieces in the tough and prestigious tournament organized by the All India Chess Federation and sanctioned by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

However,  San Sebastian College, Manila ace Fide Master (FM) Mari Joseph “MJ” Turqueza, the pride of V. Luna chess club, dropped his eight-round matches against International Master (IM) Milos Roganovic of Serbia.

Delegation head and coach GM Jayson Gonzales, executive director of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under the leadership of its chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., is confident that Frayna can earn a title norms here in India chess meet.

“Hope mahawakan ni Janelle Mae ang momentum para sa posibleng title norms,” he said.

Faryna tallied 4.5 points to climb into a share of 21st to 30th placers that includes her ninth round opponent WIM Keti Tsatsalashvili of Georgia. Turqueza, on the other hand was stuck at 4.0 points was dropped into a tie for 52nd to 72nd placers in the company of his next round assignment FM Tamas Petenyi of Slovakia.

WGM Cori T Deysi of Peru crushed WIM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Gizi of Azerbaijan to create a two-way tie for first with WGM Olga Girya who totes 7.0 points each. Girya nipped WFM Klaudia Kulon of Poland.

GM Robert Hovhannishyan of Armenia and GM Girish A Koushik of India toppled their respective rivals to share the lead with 7.0 points apiece.Hovhannishyan defeated overnight solo leader IM Axel Rombaldini of Italy while Koushik toppled GM Nils Grandelius of Sweden.

Corazon Sonia Frayna, mother of Janelle Mae, completed the four-man Philippine team backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

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