PARALYMPICS: PH WOMEN CHESSERS TRIM MEXICO; MEN SQUADS BOW TO ARMENIA
[PHOTO -The Philippines in the 2012 London Paralympics. COURTESY OF stiboy blog]
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 (PHILSTAR) (The Philippine Star) Updated September 02, 2012 12:00 AMComments (0)
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines womenís team downed Mexico, 3-1, to make up for its menís counterpartsí heartbreaking 1.5-2.5 defeat to third seed Armenia after four rounds of the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey Friday night.
Woman International Master Catherine Perena, Janelle Mae Frayna and Jan Jodilyn Fronda delivered the wins on boards one, three and four that sent the Filipina chessers to a share of 13th place with 18 others with six points each.
The lone Phl casualty was Rulp Ylem Jose, whose Slav defense was totally destroyed by Ivette Ale Garcia Morales in 56 moves on Board Three.
It somehow soothed the pain felt by the menís side following a narrow defeat at the hands of the Armenians.
Grandmaster Gabriel Sargissianís clinical 25-move victory over IM Oliver Dimakiling in their Benoni encounter on Board Four clinched the Armeniansí win. GMs Wesley So, Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua drew their games with high-rated opponents.
So halved the point with GM Levon Aronian, ranked second in the world with an impressive elo rating of 2816, in 51 moves of a Ruy Lopez duel.
So borrowed an old line from teammate and Olympiad veteran Eugene Torre in stalling the massive attack by Aronian, who couldnít get anything out of their rook-against-knight-and-pawns endgame and settled for the draw.
Barbosa split the point with GM Sergei Movsesian in 37 moves of another Slav battle while Paragua had a dangerous pair of knights and a rook against GM Vladimir Akopianís two rooks but the two still agreed to halve the point in 45 moves of yet another Slav game.
It was the first defeat by the Filipinos following impressive victories over Libya, Moldova and Kazakhstan in the first three rounds.
The Phl skidded to a share of 16th place along with 20 others including sixth seed China, which lost to top seed Russia, 1-3.
The Phl, ranked 35th, is scheduled to face Iceland next.
Iceland, a perennial contender, has sent a team here that is only seeded 61st.
The womenís side, ranked 57th, will take on 61st pick South Africa.
The 60-year-old Torre is expected to play his first game against Iceland, making him the chesser with the most Olympiad appearance with 21, surpassing the 20 by Hungarian GM Lajos Portisch.
MEANWHILE AT THE CANOE FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP IN MILAN:
PINOYS ARE THE CHAMPION!
[PHOTO -THE Philippines validated the title as the newest sensation in world dragon boat racing after claiming two gold medals at the expense of Russia on Friday in the International Canoe Federation-organized World Championships at the Idroscalo water sports club in Milan. Aside the two golds, the Filipino paddlers also claimed a silver as they went 2-1 in their head-to-head duel with the mighty Russians.]
[PHOTO -Members of the Philippine Dragon Boat Team proudly wave mini-Philippine flags during the athletesí parade before the World Dragon Boat Championship in Milan.]
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