Philippines wins 3 medals in Asean chess

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The Philippines copped one silver and two bronzes in the 2015 Asean Chess Championship held at the Sekolah Catur Utut Adianto in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Woman International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna collected eight points on five wins and six draws to grab the runner-up honors in the women’s division while Woman FIDE Master (WFM) Shania Mae Mendoza got 7.5 points on five wins and five draws to capture the bronze.

Frayna outplayed WFM Nur Abidah Shanti of Indonesia in the first round, Amanda Suci Fitriyani of Indonesia in the third round, WFM Ardhiani Anastasia Citra Dewi of Indonesia in the sixth round, WFM Nur Najiha Azman Hisham of Malaysia in the eighth round and WFM Dita Karenza of Indonesia in the ninth round.

She split the point with eventual champion Woman Grandmaster Nguyen Thi Mai Hung of Vietnam (second round), Nur Nabila Azman Hisham of Malaysia (fourth round), WIM Bernadette Galas of the Philippines (fifth round), WIM Hoang Thi Nhu of Vietnam (seventh round), Mendoza (10th round) and WIM Chelsie Monica Ignesia Sihite of Indonesia (11th round).


Nguyen Thi Mai bagged the crown by scoring six points on seven wins and four draws.

The other bronze medal was delivered by IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia in the men’s division.

Garcia was actually tied on top with Vietnamese FM Nguyen Anh Khoi and GM Dao Thien Hai with seven points each.

But the Vietnam bets occupied the first two spots via superior tiebreak points.

Garcia nailed victories over IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam in the first round, IM Wynn Zam Htun of Myanmar in the fourth round and compatriot GM Darwin Laylo in the eighth round then drew with Nguyen Anh, Dao thien, IM Sean Winshand Cuhendi of Indonesia, GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia, FM Yeoh Li Tian of Malaysia, Yoseph Theolifus Taher of Indonesia, IM Ali Muhammad Lufti of Indonesia and Filipino IM Paulo Bersamina.

Bersamina placed fourth overall with six points while Laylo wound up 11th with 4.5 points.

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