A queen in the game of kings

Philippine pride: Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada
Philippine pride: Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada

Janelle Mae Frayna was featured on Inquirer:

With her mother as her inspiration, she says she will be aiming for the GM title next year and the World Championship cycle in 2018.

“I feel I can do it,” says Janelle, who idolizes Hungarian GM Judith Polgar, the greatest woman player of all time.

With the way she played in the World Junior Championship and the Baku Olympiad, which were definitely no less than strong finishes, indeed, we believe she can do it!

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Eugene Torre and Philippine Chess

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Ignacio Dee on Rappler:

Then he tightens the screws: a mating attack or an endgame. It makes no difference. In Baku, he was playing like he was in his 20s, with energy and not taking any breaks.

It is no wonder that many Filipinos who used to love chess passionately until their careers demanded their attention would comment joyfully, even Torre wins on Facebook.

We can celebrate the outstanding performance of GM Eugene Torre in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad all we want, but let’s not overlook the fact that when a 64-year-old Torre leads the Philippine team in the Chess Olympiad is reminiscent of the sorry state of Philippine Chess.

WGM Frayna Completed Her IM Norms as well in Baku

This is on top of the WGM title she already earned.

Philippine pride: Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada
Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada

It was reported earlier that Janelle May Frayna earned her WGM title. On top of that, she actually also completed all her required IM norms in Baku. Continue reading “WGM Frayna Completed Her IM Norms as well in Baku”

Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Board Prizes Winners

At the conclusion of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, here are the Board Prizes winners for the Open Section. Board Prizes are awarded to top players in each board in terms of rating performance, not winning percentage nor game points.

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42nd Chess Olympiad Board Prizes Winners – Open


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Board 1 Winners – Open

Rk.NameRtgTeamRpPts.%Games
1GMJobava Baadur2665Georgia29268,080,010
2GMDominguez Perez Leinier2720Cuba28397,575,010
3GMCaruana Fabiano2808United States28387,070,010
 

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Philippines Lost to Australia to Settle for 58th Place in the Final Ranking (Open)

For the final round, GM Eugenio Torre delivered anew with a win for Team Philippines, but once again it was not enough, as GM John Paul Gomez on board 2 and GM Rogelio Barcenilla lost their games to the Aussies.

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg1½:2½45Australia (AUS)Rtg
21/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560½ - ½GMSmerdon, David C (b)2531
21/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)24920 - 1GMZhao, Zong-Yuan (w)2550
21/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)24471 - 0IMLy, Moulthun (b)2513
21/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)24550 - 1IMSmirnov, Anton (w)2482
 

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Thus, the Philippines, with 5 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses, takes the 58th place in the final ranking, down from their 53rd seed at the start of the tournament.

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
 

Philippines Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Games to watch out for later in Round 10 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad:

Round 10 Open: Philippines vs. Scotland

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg-63Scotland (SCO)Rtg
29/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560-IMGreet, Andrew N (b)2455
29/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492-GMShaw, John (w)2454
29/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447-FMGourlay, Iain (b)2393
29/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455-FMBerry, Neil (w)2315
 

Round 10 Women: Philippines vs. Italy

Bo.20Italy (ITA)Rtg-46Philippines (PHI)Rtg
16/1IMZimina, Olga (w)2389-WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)2281
16/2FMBrunello, Marina (b)2376-WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)2128
16/3WFMMovileanu, Daniela (w)2268-Bernales, Christy Lamiel (b)2065
16/4WFMDi Benedetto, Desiree (b)2183-WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (w)1965