Dimakiling seizes lead in National Open chess semis

INTERNATIONAL Master Oliver Dimakiling took the scalp of reigning national junior champion FIDE Master Haridas Pascua to seize control of the 2012 National Open chess championship semifinals at the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) canteen in Vito Cruz, Manila.

The pride of Davao got the better of his young foe despite playing with the black pieces in the seventh round.

Dimakiling pushed his total to 6.0 points, half-point ahead of IM Emmanuel Senador, FM Paulo Bersamina and FM Roderick Nava.

Senador and Bersamina also won with the black pieces opposite National Master Michael Gotel and FM Randy Segarra, respectively while Nava halved the point with IM Rolando Nolte.

In the distaff side, Woman National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda maintained solo leadership following a draw with Jean Karen Enriquez.

Fronda, who raised her total to 6.0 points, led her closest pursuers WFM Marie Antoinette San Diego and Bernadette Galas by a full point.

The top six players in the men’s and the top eight players in the women’s will advance to the grand finals and compete against the 12 Filipino grandmasters and six top woman players from last year’s national championship.

The tournament organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is serving as the semifinal in the selection process to determine the country’s representatives to the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey in August. Noli S. Cruz


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