Barbosa, Gomez remain on top in India chess tilt

FILIPINO Grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and John Paul Gomez agreed to a silent draw in the seventh round of the 10th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament 2012 on Friday at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex, Civil Lines in New Delhi, India.

Barbosa and Gomez, remained on top with similar 6.5 points after seven games.

“A draw is fine, so John Paul and Oliver both have a chance for the coveted title,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/Preisdent Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr.

GM Mark Paragua, on the other hand, downed Zeng Chongsheng of China to push his total to 6.0 points and create a five-way tie for third place along with GMs Andrei Deviatkin and Evgeny Gleizerov of Russia, International Masters Das Debashis and Rathnakaran K of India.

Another Filipino entry GM Richard Bitoon split the point with Prince Bajaj of India to raise his total to 4.5 points, good for share of 46th to 85th places.

In the eighth round, Barbosa battles Deviatkin in board 1, Gomez faces Paragua in board 2 and Bitoon goes up against Karthikeyan Murali of India in board 27.

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

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