PH’s Frayna finishes 4th in World Junior Chess meet

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WIM Janelle Mae Frayna NATIONAL CHESS FEDERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES PHOTO

WIM Janelle Mae Frayna NATIONAL CHESS FEDERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES PHOTO

Woman International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna suffered two crucial defeats down the stretch to finish fourth overall in the prestigious World Junior Chess Championships held at the KIIT University in Bhubaneswar, India.

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Frayna actually grabbed the solo lead in the 10th round with eight points.

But the Filipina woodpusher lost to WIM Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda of Colombia in the 11th round and WIM Dharia Parnali of India in the 12th round.

Frayna could only produce a draw in the final round against WIM Gu Tianlu of China to wrap up her campaign with 8.5 points. She was in a five-way tie for fourth with Rodriguez Rueda, Parnali, WIM R. Vaishi of India and WIM Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya of Mongolia.

Woman Grandmaster Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan earned the top honors with 9.5 points while WIM PV Nandhidhaa of India and WIM Dinara Dorzhieva of Russia shared the No. 2 spot with nine points each.

Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza placed 26th overall with 6.5 points in the tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.

In the boys’ division, IM Paulo Bersamina wound up 14th with 7.5 points on five wins, five draws and three losses while untitled Paul Robert Evangelista ended 49th with six points on six wins and seven defeats.

Forty-three countries participated in the 13-round competition.

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