Philippines lost to Lithuania; Settled for 34th Place Final Ranking (Women)

Lithuania proved to be too tough to handle for the Philippines Women team, as they lost 3-to-1 in the tally sheet, in the 11th and final round of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

Bo.46Philippines (PHI)Rtg1 : 312Lithuania (LTU)Rtg
12/1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (w)22810 - 1GMCmilyte, Viktorija (b)2536
12/2WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (b)21280 - 1IMDaulyte, Deimante (w)2421
12/3WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)21191 - 0WIMZaksaite, Salomeja (b)2298
12/4WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (b)19650 - 1WFMBatyte, Daiva (w)2189

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As a result, the Philippines Women team settled for 34th place in the final ranking, up from their 46th seed at the start of the tournament.


WGM Janelle Mae Frayna

GM Jayson Gonzales, coach to the Philippines Women team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, announced in a press release:

I’m proud to announce that WIM (Woman International Master) Janelle Mae Frayna achieved the third and last result to become the first Woman Grandmaster from the Philippines.

Janelle Mae Frayna in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: Baku Chess Olympiad.
20-year-old Janelle Mae Frayna in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: Baku Chess Olympiad.

Frayna achieved her third and final WGM norm in her drawn game in Round 9 of Baku Chess Olympiad against IM Daavademberel Nomin-Erdene of Mongolia. Continue reading “WGM Janelle Mae Frayna”

Philippines Sweeps Scotland in Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

The 53rd seed Philippines wins all boards against the 63rd seed Scotland in Round 10 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

GM Eugene Torre continues with his winning streak in this event, now with 8 wins and 2 draws, for a total score of 9 points out of 10 games.

Games Results: Philippines vs. Scotland, Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg4 : 063Scotland (SCO)Rtg
29/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)25601 - 0IMGreet, Andrew N (b)2455
29/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)24921 - 0GMShaw, John (w)2454
29/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)24471 - 0FMGourlay, Iain (b)2393
29/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)24551 - 0FMBerry, Neil (w)2315

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With this win, the Philippines is ranked number 39 after 10 rounds, and is set to face the 45th seed Australia in the final round.

Board pairings of Philippines vs. Australia follows:

Board Pairings: Philippines vs. Australia, Round 11 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg-45Australia (AUS)Rtg
21/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560-GMSmerdon, David C (b)2531
21/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492-GMZhao, Zong-Yuan (w)2550
21/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447-IMLy, Moulthun (b)2513
21/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455-IMSmirnov, Anton (w)2482

Philippines wins against Italy in Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Women

Another strong finish by the Philippine Women’s team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

The 46th seed Philippines beats the 20th seed Italy in Round 10:

Bo.20Italy (ITA)Rtg1½:2½46Philippines (PHI)Rtg
16/1IMZimina, Olga (w)23890 - 1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)2281
16/2FMBrunello, Marina (b)23761 - 0WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)2128
16/3WFMMovileanu, Daniela (w)2268½ - ½Bernales, Christy Lamiel (b)2065
16/4WFMDi Benedetto, Desiree (b)21830 - 1WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (w)1965

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This win puts Philippines in rank number 23 after 10 rounds, and thus will face the tougher 12th seed, Lithuania, in the final round, board pairings below:

Bo.46Philippines (PHI)Rtg-12Lithuania (LTU)Rtg
12/1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (w)2281-GMCmilyte, Viktorija (b)2536
12/2WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (b)2128-IMDaulyte, Deimante (w)2421
12/3WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)2119-WIMZaksaite, Salomeja (b)2298
12/4WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (b)1965-WFMBatyte, Daiva (w)2189

Eugene Torre leads players ranking after Round 9

With seven wins and 2 draws, GM Eugenio Torre leads all the players in terms of points as he got 8 points out of 9 games as of the end of Round 9 in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. He has yet to lose a single game in this event.

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Top Players after Round 9

No.NameRtgTeamPts. Games%Bo.Rp
1GMTorre Eugenio 2447Philippines8988.932804
2GMIndjic Aleksandar 2548Serbia7.5983.342754
3IMCapo Vidal Uriel 2314Mexico7710023038
4GMJobava Baadur 2665Georgia7887.513013
5GMNepomniachtchi Ian 2740Russia7887.542887
6IMSmirnov Anton 2482Australia7887.542755
7GMFernandes Antonio 2413Portugal7887.542689
8IMGemy Jose Daniel 2384Bolivia7977.812456
9GMNakamura Hikaru 2789United States of America7977.822853
10GMKovalenko Igor 2651Latvia7977.822797
11GMLenic Luka 2622Slovenia7977.822762
12GMHansen Eric 2582Canada7977.842681
13GMVolokitin Andrei 2647Ukraine6.5792.952974
14GMKovalyov Anton 2617Canada6.5881.322836
15GMGretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 2547Iceland6.5881.322680
16GMSo Wesley 2782United States of America6.5881.332862
17GMNabaty Tamir 2630Israel6.5881.332712
18GMGuseinov Gadir 2625Azerbaijan 26.5881.342662
19GMGuliyev Namig 2577Azerbaijan 26.5881.352634
20GMZhigalko Sergei 2652Belarus6.5972.212783
21FMAsadli Vugar 2406Azerbaijan 36.5972.212494
22GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof 2675Poland6.5972.222686
23Maghsoodloo Parham 2566Iran6.5972.222655
24GMKadric Denis 2583Bosnia & Herzegovina6.5972.222589
25IMGascon Del Nogal Jose Rafael 2436Venezuela6.5972.222526
26IMMehmeti Dritan 2415Albania6.5972.222490
27GMVidit Santosh Gujrathi 2669India6.5972.232767
28IMLorparizangeneh Shahin 2478Iran6.5972.232631
29GMZhu Chen 2418Qatar6.5972.242429
30Sohib Okla 2153Syria6.5972.242297

Philippines Lost to Italy in Round 7 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

GM Eugene Torre has yet to be defeated in the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad so far. He’s had 2 draws and 5 wins so far in seven rounds, including his latest win against GM Axel Rombaldoni of Italy. But that was not enough to boost the team as the Philippines lost to Italy, 1 ½ to 2 ½ in Round 7 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

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Philippines (Women) lost to Hungary in Round 7 — Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

It was a tough loss for the Philippines Women team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad against the 8th seed Hungary.


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Philippines Beats Mexico in Round 6 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Women)

They were all decisive games and Philippines won 3 to 1:

Bo.57Mexico (MEX)Rtg-46Philippines (PHI)Rtg1:3
13/1WIMGuerrero Rodriguez, Alejandra (w)2043-WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)22810-1
13/2WIMFuentes Godoy, Lilia Ivonne (b)2142-WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)21280-1
13/3WFMParkhurst Casas, Miriam (w)1993-WIMSecopito, Catherine (b)21190-1
13/4WIMGarcia Morales, Ivette Ale (b)2006-WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (w)19651-0

This win helped Philippines push its rank even higher at number 17 at the end of 6 rounds.

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USA beats Ukraine in Round 6 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open 


In one of the battles between powerhouse teams in Round 6 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, the 2nd seed United States beats Ukraine, the same team who beat the 1st seed Russia and the 3rd seed China in the previous rounds.

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Philippines draws with Norway in Round 6 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

The Philippines may have come as the underdog in this match, but they were able to hold their ground against a team that on average is 165 points its senior, Norway, in Round 6 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. The match resulted to a dead even 2-2.Replay »

On Board 1, GM Julio Catalino Sadorra was even able to hold the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, to a draw, even if the latter was almost 300 ELO points above his own. The rest of the players drew their respective games as well:

This draw boosted the Philippines Open team ranking even further to number 19 after Round 6.

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