The Philippines settled to a 2-2 draw with Bangladesh in the eighth round of the prestigious 41st Chess Olympiad being held at the Mackhallen in Tromso, Norway.
Grandmaster (GM) Julio Catalino Sadorra nipped GM Ziaur Rahman on Board 1 while GMs John Paul Gomez (Board 2) and Jayson Gonzales (Board 4) split the point with GMs Al-Rakib Abdulla and Niaz Murshed, respectively.
Asia ’s first GM Eugene Torre failed to sustain his deadly form as he succumbed to GM Enamul Hossain on Board 3.
The Filipinos, who are in the 76th position with eight points, will be meeting Pakistan in the ninth round.
China grabbed the solo lead with 14 points while France, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic and Romania are sharing the No. 2 spot with 13 points each.
In the women’s division, the Filipinas suffered a 1-3 loss to the Mongolians.
Jan Jodilyn Fronda scored the lone victory for the Philippines, beating FIDE Master Uuganbayar Lkhamsuren while Chrdine Cheradee Camacho, Janelle Mae Frayna and Catherine Perena fell short against their rivals.
Camacho lost to International Master (IM) Batkhuyag Mungutuul, Frayna bowed to GM Tushintugs Batchimeg and Perena was beaten by IM Bayanmunkh Ankhchimeg.
The women’s team, currently ranked 47th overall, faces Costa Rica in the ninth round.