GM Pantsulaia proves supremacy

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Grandmaster Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia ruled the 2014 Philip-

pine International Chess Championship held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City.

Pantsulaia was actually in a four-way tie on top with GMs Ivan Popov of Russia, Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia and Avetik Grigoryan of Armenia with seven points each.

But Pantsulaia grabbed the first place via superiors tie break points. Popov settled for second followed by Gagunashvili and Grigoryan.


GMs John Paul Gomez and Darwin Laylo were the best Filipino finishers as they wound up fifth place with Russian GM Mikhail Mozharov. They scored 6.5 points each.

The eighth placers with six points were GM Anton Demchenko of Russia, GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. of the Philippines and International Master (IM) Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna of India in the tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.

In a group of 5.5-pointers were Filipinos GM Eugene Torre, IM Kim Steven Yap, GM Richard Bitoon, FIDE Master (FM) Randy Segarra, GM Julio Catalino Sadorra, IM Haridas Pascua, untitled players Roel Abelgas and Narquinden Reyes, and Mongolian FM Sumiya Bilguun.

In the 10th round, Pantsulaia split the point with Gomez, Mozharov drew with Grigoryan, Popov defeated Demchenko, Gagunashvili outplayed Sunilduth Lyna, Laylo beat Yap, and Sadorra agreed to a draw with Antonio.

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