Turqueza wins, Frayna falter

THE Philippines came out with mixed fortunes performance in the on-going SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior and 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships at the Hotel Vijay Park in Tamil Nadu, South India (Chennai, India) on Thursday.

San Sebastian College, Manila bet Fide Master (FM) Mari Joseph “MJ” Turqueza defeated FM Tamas Petenyi of Slovakia  to  improve  to five points  on   five   wins and  four  losses in  the   prestigious, two-week   long tournament  which  attracted  126  players from  45 countries.

One of the top player of the famous V. Luna Chess   Club,  Turqueza  is now tied for 33rd to 54th places in the  13-round competition organized by the All India Chess Federation and sanctioned by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

In Friday’s tenth round,  Turqueza will play  the disadvantageous black pieces against   IM Suri Vaibhav of India.Vaibhav, meantime bowed to GM Aleksandr Shimanov of Russia.

GM Robert Hovhannishyan of Armenia toppled overnight-co leader GM Girish A Koushik of India to grabs the solo leadership board with 8.0 points.

In the girls side, Far Eastern University-FERN (FEU-FERN), Quezon City bet Woman National Master (WNM) Janelle Mae Frayna failed to continue her winning run after yielding to WIM Keti Tsatsalashvili of Georgia.

The native of  Legaspi City, Albay remained with  only   4.5 points on four  wins, one draw and  four losses and dropped into share of 33rd to 35th places in this 69 player’s field.

Frayna’s next opponent is Carole Forestier of France. Forestier crushed J Sahari of India.

WGM Cori T Deysi of Peru nipped WGM Nazi Paikidzi of Georgia to snatch the over-all leadership board with 8.0 points.

The Philippine team backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it’s chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

NCFP Executive Director and former Olympian GM Jayson Gonzales is the delegation head assisted by Corazon Sonia Frayna.

The winner is eligible to receive GM title in the open section and WGM title in the girls’ section directly.   An additional bonus awaits the gold medalist in the girls event, as she will also receive an IM norm.

Players scoring the same number of points as that of the gold medalist, will also be eligible for GM or WGM norms, as the case may be. The silver and bronze medalists will get IM / WIM titles, irrespective of the points they score.

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