The Philippines’ No.1 Woman International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna beat No.2 seed WIM Alina Bivol of Russia in the World Junior Chess Championships by attacking combination in their 39 King’s Indian encounter on Friday.
The championship is being held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, from August 8 to 21, according to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Secretary General Jayson Gonzales.
Gonzales said Frayna’s remarkable victory gained her four points out four rounds which will give her the chance to seize the lead when she plays co-leader Russia’s Dinara Dordzhieva on top board in Round 5.
Meanwhile, reigning National Junior girls Champion and Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza lost to Romanian National Junior Champion Woman FIDE Master Daria-Ioana Visanescu in their 63 moves.
Gonzales said the Queen’s Declined exchange variation opening proved unfortunate for International Master (IM) Paulo Bersamina when he lost an extremely superior and advantage position to FIDE Master Jena Kumar Rakesh of India.
The 2016 Philippine Junior Champion National Master Paul Robert Evangelista suffered the same fate as Bersamina when he lost to higher rated opponent IM Master G. Akash of India.
The World Junior Chess Championships 2016 (for boys and girls under 20) in India is using the Swiss League pairing compromising 13 rounds with one round being played each day.
Gonzales said the Philippine participation in event was made possible by the joint collaboration and effort of the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP). PNA