Nava grabs solo lead in National Open chess semis

FIDE MASTER Roderick Nava downed FM Adrian Ros Pacis to assume solo leadership after four rounds in the 2012 National Open chess championship semifinals at the  Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) canteen in Vito Cruz, Manila.

The pride of Carmona, Cavite pushed his total to 4.0 points despite playing with the black pieces and took a half-point edge over International Master Oliver Dimakiling, FM Randy Segarra, National Master Nelson Villanueva, IM Emmanuel Senador and FM Haridas Pascua.

In other matches, Dimakiling drew with Senador, Segarra defeated FM Deniel Causo, Villanueva trounced FM David Elorta and Pascua drew with IM Rolando Nolte.

In the women’s play, WFM Marie Antoinette Sandiego and WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda toppled their respective rivals to share the lead with 3.5 points each. Sandiego scalped Jean Karen Enriquez while Fronda outclassed Nikki Erica Yngayo.

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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