Mendoza, Mordido keep lead in FIDE championship

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Woman FIDE Master (FM) Shania Mae Mendoza and Jylen Joy Mordido are still on top after eighth round of the 2015 FIDE (International Chess Federation) World Schools Championships being held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.

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Mendoza outclassed Ayyyna Egorova of Russia to keep the solo lead in the girls’ 17-under event. She already has seven points, full point ahead of second-placers Stanciu Ioana-Georgiana of Romania and Sapale Solini of India.

Mendoza will be facing Rosamund Koo Wei Xin of Malaysia in the final round.

On the other hand, Mordido grabbed the No. 1 position with 6.5 points in the girls’ 13-under. Sharing the second place are Annagonzel Mekanova of Turkmenistan, Zhang Xiao of China and Samal Abduali of Kazakhstan with six points each.

Mordido must win against Abduali in the final round to formally clinch the gold medal.

Not as lucky was International Master (IM) Paulo Bersamina, who settled for a draw with FM Zhu Yi of China in the eighth round and fell into a two-way tie for second with Arystanbek Urazayev of Kazakhstan with six points apiece.

IM Zhanat Saiyn of Kazakhstan claimed the solo top with 6.5 points.

Bersamina battles Dovletov Hajugurban of Turkmenistan in the final round.

The Philippines has earlier won one gold, four silver and one bronze medals in the blitz event of the tournament.

China is leading the medal board with five golds, four silvers and five bronzes followed by Azerbaijan with four golds, Kazakhstan with two golds, three silvers and four bronzes, India with two golds, one silver and two bronzes, and Russia with two golds and a silver.

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