Grandmaster (GM) Julio Catalino Sadorra powered the Philippines to a 2.5-1.5 win over Chile in the fifth round of the prestigious 41st Chess Olympiad being held at the Mackhallen in Tromso, Norway.
Sadorra blasted GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder on Board 1 to score the country’s lone win as three other Filipino woodpushers settled for draw in their respective matches.
GM John Paul Gomez split the point with GM Mauricio Flores Rios on Board 2, Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre agreed to a draw with International Master Cristobal Henriquez Villagra on Board 3, and FIDE Master (FM) Paulo Bersamina also drew with fellow FM Pablo Salinas Herrera on Board 4.
The Philippines raised its score to seven points to climb into 42nd position.
The Filipinos will tackle the Austrians in the sixth round. Austria, bannered by GMs Markus Ragger and David Shengelia, and IMs Robert Kreisl and Andreas Diermair, lost to Belarus in the fifth round, 1.5-2.5.
Azerbaijan, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Cuba, Uzbekistan and Georgia are in a seven-way tie on top of the standings with nine points each.
In the women’s division, the Philippines succumbed to Bulgaria, 0.5-3.5, and fell to the 64th spot.
Jan Jodilyn Fronda managed to snatch a draw with GM Adriana Nikolava but Chardine Cheradee Camacho, Janelle Mae Frayna and Christy Bernales lost in their respective matches.
The Filipinas battles the United Arab Emirates bets in the sixth round.