Frayna wins; Turqueza falters

JANELLE Mae Frayna rebounded from a ninth round loss to whip Carole Forestier of France while Mari Joseph “MJ” Turqueza failed to sustain his momentum after losing to International Master Suri Vaibhav of India in the 10th round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior and 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships at the Hotel Vijay Park in Tamil Nadu, South India (Chennai, India) on Friday, August 12.

Frayna climbed into a share of 23rd to 28th places with 5.5 points while Turqueza dropped into a tie for 52nd to 69th places with 4.0 points.

Grandmaster Robert Hovhannishyan of Armenia drew with GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Azerbaijan to retain the solo lead with 8.5 points.

In the distaff side, Woman Grandmaster Olga Girya of Russia defeated WIM Gulnar Marfat Qizi Mammadova of Azerbaijan to create a two-way tie for first with overnight solo leader WGM Cori T Deysi of Peru, who split the point with WIM Kubra Ozturk of Turkey. Mammadova  and Deysi both tallied 8.5 points.

Frayna next faces WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi of Azerbaijan while Turqueza goes up against Oleg Artemenko of Uzbekistan.

Supporting the country’s campaign in the prestigious tournament are the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr., the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

NCFP executive director and former Olympian GM Jayson Gonzales is the delegation head assisted by Corazon Sonia Frayna. Liberty Icao

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