Asia’s first Grandmaster (GM) Eugene Torre, GM Jayson Gonzales and International Master (IM) Paulo Bersamina are sharing the top spot with four points each after six rounds in the 2016 National Chess Championship – Battle of the Grandmasters being held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.

Torre agreed to a draw with GM Joey Antonio in the fifth round and IM Chito Garma in the sixth round while Gonzales also split the point with GM John Paul Gomez in the fifth
and National Masters (NM) Emmanuel Emperado in the sixth.

Bersamina, for his part, outplayed Garma in the fifth then drew with GM Darwin Laylo in the next round.

Antonio, Garma, Gomez and GM Rogelio Barcenilla are in a group of 3.5-pointers while Laylo and NM Hamed Houri got three points each. IM Haridas Pascua, FIDE Master Narquinden Reyes and John Marvin Miciano scored 2.5 apiece, NM Michael Gotel has 1.5 and Emperado is at the bottom with one point.

In the seventh round, Torre takes on Laylo, Gonzales battles Bersamina and Antonio faces Reyes.

The other pairings are Garma-Nouri, Miciano-Emperado, Gotel-Gomez and Pascua-Barcenilla.

In the women’s division, Woman IM (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna, WIM Catherine Secopito and Woman NM Christy Bernales are in a three-way tie at No. 1 with 4.5 points each after sixth round.

Frayna posted four wins, one draw and one loss, Bernales has three wins and three draws, and Secopito also registered four wins, one draw and one loss.

The tournament offers slots for the prestigious 42nd World Chess Olympiad slated on September 1 to 14 in Baku, Azerbaijan with the top three players, both in men and women, will represent the country in the world meet.


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