The Philippine men’s team blanked Bolivia, 0-4, in the 10th round of the prestigious 41st Chess Olympiad being held at the Mackhallen in Tromso, Norway.
Grandmaster (GM) Julio Cata–lino Sadorra outclassed GM Oswaldo Zambrana on Board 1, GM John Paul Gomez crushed International Master (IM) Jose Daniel Gemy on Board 2, FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina toppled IM Jonny Cueto on Board 3, and GM Jayson Gonzales clobbered untitled Javier Monroy on Board 4.
The win enabled the Philippines to climb into 49th spot, 14 notches higher than its previous ranking in the ninth round. The Filipinos have so far collected 12 points.
China is leading with 17 points followed by Hungary with 16 points. France, Ukraine, Russia, US, Uzbekistan, India, Azerbaijan and Poland are in an eight-way tie for the No. 3 spot with 15 points each.
The Filipinos will be facing Canada in the 11th round.
Not as lucky was the Philippine women’s team which absorbed a 1-3 loss to Latvia.
Janelle Mae Frayna and Jan Jodilyn Fronda split the point with GM Laura Rogule and Ilze Berzina, respectively, while Chardine Cheradee Camacho lost to Dana Reizniece-Ozola and Catherine Perena succumbed to Katrina Skinke.
The Filipinas fell to 48th position and will battle Belgium in the 11th round.