3 Filipino GMs remain perfect in India chess tilt

GRANDMASTERS John Paul Gomez, Oliver Barbosa and Richard Bitoon of the Philippines waylaid their respective foes to jump-start their bids in the 10th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament 2012 on Tuesday at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex, Civil Lines, New Delhi, India.

Gomez, who is fresh from a runner-up finish in the SDAT-RMK 4th Chennai Open Grand Master Chess Tournament in Chennai, India over the weekend, defeated Kumar Gaurav, FMs Vinoth Kumar and Rajesh of India, respectively.

Barbosa, meantime, subdued Rajarishi Karthi, Thakurta Soumya and Ankit R Rajpara of India, in order while Bitoon routed Aradhya Garg, Chandika Divyasree and IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy of India.

Joining Gomez, Barbosa and Bitoon on top with perfect 3.0 points were top seed GM Andrei Deviatkin of Russia, GM Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan, GMs Abhijit Kunte and Praveen Thipsay, IMs Babu Lalith, Ashwin Jayaram, Thejkumar M S, Vaibhav Suri, FM Ghosh Diptayan, Bitan Banerjee, Jaiswal Puneet, Sekar B, Gusain Himal and Shreyans K Shah of India, Zeng Chongsheng and Bai Jinshi of China.

GM Mark Paragua, on the other hand, nipped Manan Rai, Akash Pc Iyer and split the point with IM Ravi Lanka of India to raise his total to 2.5 points, good for a share of 20th to 53rd place.

““It’s a good start for John Paul, Oliver, Richard and Mark, I hope they can perform well in India chess meet,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr.

The India chess campaign is a part of the Philippine Team preparation for this year’s 38th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey backed up by NCFP, PSC and POC. Liberty Icao

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