Torre to the rescue: PHL draws with Hungary

GRANDMASTER Eugene Torre flashed the form that made him the toast of Philippine chess for several decades in the seventh round of the 40th World Chess Olympiad Tuesday night at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The brand new grandfather and a certified senior citizen rescued the Philippines from the jaws of defeat with a gritty 81-move victory over GM Ferenc Berkes of Hungary on board 3 to salvage a 2-2 standoff against the fourth seeded team.

With the draw, the Philippines improved its total to 11 match points, good for a share of fourth spot behind solo leader Russian Federation (13 match points) and second placers China and Ukraine (12 match points each).

The Philippines trailed by a point after GM Oliver Barbosa, the hero in the sixth round, lost to GM Almasi Zoltan on board 2. But Torre slowly but surely turned a complicated position into his favor.

It was vintage performance from a man 34 years his opponent’s senior and a stunning defeat for the 27-year-old Berkes, whose 2685 Elo rating is 216 points ahead of Torre’s.

GMs Wesley So and Mark Paragua also produced impressive performances, holding their higher rated foes to draws.

So split the point with GM Peter Leko while Paragua halved the point with Csaba Balogh.

Meanwhile, the Philippine women’s team bounced back from a sixth round defeat by toppling Portugal, 3-1.

Woman FIDE Master Rulp Ylem Jose and Woman National Master Jedara Docena scored the decisive points by beating WFM Ana Baptista and Woman Candidate Master Sara Monteiro, respectively. Noli Cruz


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