So, Jose remain perfect

FILIPINO top player Grandmaster Wesley So and reigning two-time national open women’s champion Woman FIDE Master Rulp Ylem Jose won their respective matches, but newly-minted GM Oliver Barbosa failed to continue his winning run in the ongoing 26th Southeast Asian Games yesterday (November 18) in Palembang, Indonesia.
So defeated International Master Jimmy Liew of Malaysia to gain a share of the lead with GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia, winner over GM Cao Sang of Vietnam.

So, the country’s hope for the coveted gold medal will be playing disadvantageous black pieces against Megaranto in the third round of the men’s standard chess competition.

In the women standard chess competition, reigning two-time national open champion WFM Rulp Ylem Jose, upset Woman Grandmaster Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia for her second straight win in as many rounds.

The former Far Eastern University (FEU) top player stood half point ahead with Woman International Master Nguyen Thi Mai Hung of Vietnam.

In the men’s rapid chess competition, Oliver Barbosa beat IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia in the fourth but lost to GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam in the fifth round.

The Taytay, Rizal bet was stuck at 3.5 points in five outings, the same output of FM Rudin Hamdani of Indonesia. Le, who drew with countryman GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam in the fourth, grabbed solo lead with 4.0 points.

Another Filipino GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. bounced back in contention with 3.0 points after halving the point with Hamdani in the fourth round and toppling Nyi Nyi Lwin of Malaysia in the fifth. Liberty Icao


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