Gomez stays on top in blindfold competition

GRANDMASTER John Paul Gomez of the Philippines defeated GM ZawWin Lay of Myanmar to extend his unbeaten run in the sixth round of the 26th Southeast Asian Games blindfold competition late Monday (November 14) in Palembang, Indonesia.

The former La Salle-Taft ace raised his total to 5.0 points in six outings to stay on course for the coveted gold medal.

He earlier beat IM Myo Naing of Myanmar in the fifth round.

Meanwhile, GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam scored back-to-back wins against IM Jimmy Liew of Malaysia and IM Tirta Chandra Purnama of Indonesia to grab solo second place with 4.5 points, half point ahead of fourth round tormentor and another Filipino entry GM Darwin Laylo who tote 4.0 points for solo 3rd place.

The San Roque, Marikina City native Laylo defeated IM Mok Tze-Meng of Malaysia but lost to Liew in the following round.

In the mixed pair chess competition, the Filipino duo of newly-minted GM Oliver Barbosa and WIM Catherine Perena failed to continue their winning ways after losing to Vietnamese tandem of GM Dao Thien Hai and WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An, respectively.

In the ASEAN chess competition, 12-time national open champion GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. settled for a truce with IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy of Vietnam. Liberty Icao

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