PH beats Finland in fourth round of Chess Olympiad

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The Philippines bounced back with a 2.5-1.5 victory over Finland in the fourth round of the prestigious 41st Chess Olympiad being held at the Mackhallen in Tromso, Norway.

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Asia’s first Grandmaster (GM) Eugene Torre and FIDE Master (FM) Paulo Bersamina scored the two wins while GM John Paul Gomez settled for a draw. GM Julio Catalino Sadorra was not as lucky as he lost on Board 1.

Torre outclassed International Master (IM) Agopov Mikael on Board 3 then Bersamina stamped his class over IM Vilka Sipila on Board 4. Gomez split the point with IM Mika Karttunen on Board 2 while Sadorra bowed to GM Nyback Tomi.

The Philippines, which improved to 57th position with five points, will meet Chile in the fifth round.

Chile drew with Slovakia in their fourth-round match.

GM Rodrigo Vaquez Schroeder, GM Mauricio Flores Rios, IM Luis Valenzuela Fuentealba and FM Pablo Salinas Herrera comprised the Chile squad.

Powerhouse Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Serbia are sharing the top spot with eight points each.

In the women’s division, the Philippines absorbed a 0-4 loss to Spain to fall into 41st place with five points.

Chardine Cheradee Camacho bowed to Sabrina Vega Gutierrez, Janelle Mae Frayna succumbed to Olga Alexandrova, Jan Jodilyn Fronda lost to Ana Matnadze and Christy Lamiel Bernales surrendered to Amalia Aranaz Murillo.

The Filipinas will face the Bulgarians in the fifth round.

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