Pinoys lurk at no. 4 spot in Vietnam chess tilt

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Grandmaster (GM) Darwin Laylo, and International Masters (IM) Paulo Bersamina and Oliver Dimakiling shared the No. 4 spot with five other players after third round of the 5th HDBank Cup International Open Chess tournament 2015 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

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Laylo, Bersamina and Dimakiling scored contrasting results to join the group of 2.5-pointers that include top seed GM Li Chao of China, GM Alexandr Rakhmanov of Russia, and Vietnamese GMs Nguyen Duc Hoa, Dao Thien Hai and Tu Hoang Thong.

The 34-year-old Laylo outplayed compatriot Franz Robert Grafil in the second round and IM Duong The Anh of Vietnam in the third round while Bersamina split the point with Rakhmanov and Filipino GM Julio Catalino Sadorra, and Dimakiling agreed to a draw with Li and untitled Nguyen Dang Hong Phuc of Vietnam.

GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, GM Zhang Zhong of Singapore and FIDE Master (FM) Pitra Andika of Indonesia are in a three-way tie on top with three points each in the tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.

Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre, GM Oliver Barbosa, IMs Haridas Pascua and Kim Steven Yap, and FM Mari Joseph Turqueza got two points each while Grafil, Sadorra, GM John Paul Gomez, GM Richard Bitoon and IM Rolando Nolte have 1.5 points apiece.

In the fourth round, Laylo and Dimakiling will be facing each other, Bersamina battles IM Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam, Barbosa takes on Yap, Pascua meets Htay Min Lwin of Myanmar and Torre tackles FM Tin Jingyao of Singapore.

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