GM Eugene Torre may not have been able to continue with his winning streak, as he was held to a draw by GM Bernal Gonzales Acosta of Costa Rica, but the rest of the games were wins for the Philippines. Thus, the score was 3.5-0.5. [replay]
It was third straight win for GM Eugenio Torre on his stint so far in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, as the Philippines beat Nigeria (3-1) in Round 3.
— Susan Polgar (@SusanPolgar) September 4, 2016
On the 4th board, however, IM Paulo Bersamino wasn’t successful in holding his game against the much lower rated player, CM Adeyinka Adesina.
After winning all their 8 games in Round 1 for both Open and Women Section, the Philippine team are up against much tougher opponents in Round 2.[replay]
The Open Section team will be up against the 39th seed, Paraguay. The match up follows:
Philippines vs. Paraguay - Round 2 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open
|Bo.||53||Philippines (PHI)||Rtg||39||Paraguay (PAR)||Rtg|
|35/1||GM||Sadorra, Julio Catalino (w)||2560||GM||Delgado Ramirez, Neuris (b)||2618|
|35/2||GM||Gomez, John Paul (b)||2492||GM||Bachmann, Axel (w)||2641|
|35/3||GM||Torre, Eugenio (w)||2447||GM||Cubas, Jose Fernando (b)||2470|
|35/4||GM||Barcenilla, Rogelio (b)||2455||GM||Franco Ocampos, Zenon (w)||2496|
Meanwhile, the Women team will be facing the 4th seed, Georgia:
Philstar reported last Monday:
Grandmaster Joey Antonio, the reigning national champion, will not be joining the Philippine team bound for the 42nd World Chess Olympiad set Sept. 1-14 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The explanation offered by the NCFP: that GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr. will be playing in the 2016 World Seniors Championship in November.
Ed Andaya writes in Journal Online:
Conspicuously absent is Battle of GMs national champion Rogelio Antonio, Jr., who reportedly begged off from taking his place in the national team to Baku.
Infiesto said Antonio decided to represent the country in the 2016 World Seniors Championsips in the Czech Republic in November, along with Torre.
If you don’t smell something fishy about these developments, let me point out to you what Antonio posted on his Facebook account just last month:
[section_title title=”Paulo Bersamina”]
In the recently concluded World Junior Chess Championships 2016, he played 13 games against opponents with average rating of 2376, and scored 7.5 points.
He had a 3-game winning streak from Rounds 9 to 11, so that at the end of Round 11, Bersamina was actually running tied at 4th to 7th place. But he lost to the ultimate champion, Jeffery Xiong, in Round 12 and to Yinglun Xu of China in Round 13, and thus settled for 19th place at the end of the tournament.
The following is the breakdown of the games of IM Paulo Bersamina in World Junior Chess Championships 2016:
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Jeffery Xiong dominates the Open Section
Leading to the final round, Round 13, Jeffery Xiong of the United States was already a clear winner of the event.
He dominated the event all throughout with eight wins and five draws. Thus, he is now the youngest player to win the World Junior Chess Championship title.
The top-seeded Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev came in closest with 1 full point behind, 9.5 points.
Final ranking of the Open section follows:
The World Junior Chess Championship is an under-20 chess tournament (players must have been under 20 years old on 1 January in the year of competition) organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
The 2016 edition is currently happening (7 to 22 August 2016) in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India, and is scheduled for 13 rounds Swiss System. The Open division is composed of 80 players including 8 Grandmasters, while the Girls section has 57 players including 1 International Master and 2 WGM’s.
Philippines sent 4 players to the event, 2 for the Open and 2 for Girls sections:
Philippines Delegates to the World Junior Chess Championships 2016
|Paul Robert Evangelista||2020||71||Open||U20|
|WIM||Janelle Mae Frayna||2292||9||Girls||U20|
|WFM||Shania Mae Mendoza||2191||21||Girls||U18|
More details can be found here.
The line up has been updated, as follows:
Philippines Team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open
|GM||Julio Catalino Sadorra||2538|
|GM||John Paul Gomez||2492|