Frayna fuels PH women’s upset of Slovenia in World Chess Olympiad
The Philippines relied on Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna as it repulsed a higher-rated Slovenia, 2.5-1.5, in the eighth round Saturday night to boost its chances in the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India.
Frayna turned a drawish endgame against International Master Laura Unuk into a 66-move win of their English duel after the latter blundered in deep time pressure on board one.
It was all the Filipino women needed to slay the mighty Slovenians and propel the former into a 10-nation tie at 17th spot with 11 match points.
WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda delivered the other win over WIM Zala Urh on board two while WIM Kylen Joy Mordido split the point with WIM Teja Vidic on the fourth board to complete the stunning result.
The men’s team, for its part, tried but failed to pull off another upset victory against the fancied Greeks in 2.5-1.5 loss that was sealed by GM Banjo Barcenilla’s stinging setback to GM Nikolaos Theodorou on board two.
GMs Mark Paragua and John Paul Gomez and IM Paulo Bersamina all wound up with identical draws on boards one, three and four, respectively.
The result pushed Filipinos down to a 22-nation logjam at 35th with 10 points.