WOMAN IM Jan Jodilyn Fronda beat Indian Supreetha Potluri in the 13th and final round Sunday to finish with 8.0 points and share 10th place in the World Junior Chess Championship’s girls division in Pune, India. It was the highest finish ever by a Filipino in the event won by Russian WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (11.0). WIM Janelle Mae Frayna and Marie Antoinette San Diego scored 7.5 and 7.0, respectively. IM Paulo Bersamina scored 7.5 in the Open won by Chinese GM Lu Shanglei (10).
Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So won the Millionaire Chess Open Monday night (Tuesday in Manila) at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to bag the $100,000 (about P4.48 million) and barge into the world’s top 10. Living up to his top seeding, So beat Webster University teammate GM Ray Robson, 1.5-0.5, in the finals to raise his Elo live rating to a personal-best 2762 on five wins and two draws, dislodging former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (2760) of Russia at 10th spot.
Top-seeded Kevin Arquero, Aglipay Oberio, Ricardo Batcho and Virgen Gil Ruaya scored 5.5 points each after six rounds as they continue to dominate the 22nd Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships’ Northern Luzon leg at University of Saint Louis in Tuguegarao over the weekend. Fancied bets also showed the way in kiddies’ play with No. 1 seed Istraelito Rilloraza, No. 2 Darry Bernardo and seventh ranked Eric Labog sweeping their first six matches for a one-point lead over 12 others
By Bert Eljera
The fate of the Philippines’ top chess player, Wesley So, remains in limbo after a meeting between his manager and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines chief failed to settle So’s wish to transfer to the US chess federation.
By Roy Luarca
Team Philippines struck on both fronts in the ninth round Monday, keeping hopes of strong finishes in the 41st Chess Olympiad being held here.