Georgian Grandmaster (GM) Levan Pantsulaia remained on top after six rounds while four Filipino GMs are sharing the sixth spot in the 2014 Philippine International Chess Championship being held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City.
Pantsulaia split the point with compatriot GM Merab Gagunashvili to improve his score to five points.
Gagunashvili, on the other hand, shared the second spot with Russian GMs Anton Demchenko and Mikhail Mozharov, and GM Avetik Grigoryan of Armenia with 4.5 each.
GMs Oliver Barbosa, Rogelio Antonio Jr., Richard Bitoon and John Paul Gomez scored four points each after contrasting results in the sixth round of the tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.
Barbosa defeated FIDE Master (FM) Sander Severino, Antonio outclassed FM Randy Segarra and Bitoon outplayed GM Catalino Sadorra but Gomez failed to sustain his momentum after bowing to Grigoryan in a separate match.
In the seventh round, Gomez aims to bounce back against Demchenko while Barbosa faces Bitoon and Antonio battles Filipino International Master (IM) Haridas Pascua.
Other interesting matchups are Pantsulaia versus Grigoryan, Mozharov and Gagunashvili, and Russian GM Ivan Popov and Indian IM Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna.
The seventh round was scheduled on Wednesday.