GM Laylo finishes 2nd in Jaksa Agung Cup

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Grandmaster (GM) Darwin Laylo settled for the runner-up honors in the FIDE International Chess Tournament Jaksa Agung Cup held at the Kantor Kejaksaan Tinggi Jawa Timur in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Laylo collected nine points on eight wins including against GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia in the final round, and had two draws and one loss in the 11-round tournament.

He defeated Singgih Diajeng Theresa in first round, Rahangjar Johan in second and Suyud Hartoyo in third before absorbing an upset loss to Indonesian International Master (IM) Tirto in the fourth round.

Laylo bounced back with victories over Bidiman His (fifth), FIDE Master (FM) Johan Muhammad (seventh), IM Ivan Situru Muhammad (ninth) and FM Sugeng Prayitno (10th). His split the point with FM Mahmud Syarif in sixth and FM Hafiz Arif Abdul in eighth.


Indonesian FM Rudin Hamdani bagged the crown with 9.5 points on nine wins, one draw and one loss.

IM Emmanuel Senador was fourth with 8.5 points while IMs Oliver Dimakiling and Haridas Pascua was in an eight-way tie for seventh with eight points each.

Meanwhile, Filipino GM Wesley So is in four-way tie for seventh after five rounds in the Grand Chess Tour – Sinquefield Cup being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in US.

So has two points he got from one win – against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in the second round – and two draws – with GM Hikaru Nakamura of US (third round) and GM Peter Svidler of Russia (fourth round).

So opened his campaign with a loss against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France then suffered another setback against GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the fifth round.

The Cavite City pride hopes to get back on track when he meets Levon Aronian of Armenia in the sixth round. EMIL C. NOGUERA

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