INTERNATIONAL MASTER Rolando Nolte subdued Fide Master Paolo Bersamina to forge a twelve-way tie on top after two rounds in the 2012 National Open chess championship yesterday at the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) canteen in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Nolte improved his score to 2.0 points and share the lead with IM IM Richilieu Salcedo, IM Oliver Dimakiling, IM Emmanuel Senador, FM Roderick Nava, FM Haridas Pascua, FM Adrian Ros Pacis, FM Deniel Causo, NM Alex Milagrosa, NM Alcon John Datu, Ben Polao, and Rhobel Legaspi.
Salcedo outwitted Jefferson Mansanero, Dimakiling routed John Ranel Morazo, Senador nipped Gabriel Paril, Nava outclassed Ritchie Evangelista, Pascua dealt Leodegario Ricana, Pacis beat NM Stewardt Manaog, Causo whacked Kevin Mirano, Milagrosa defeated Rey Jomar Magallanes, Datu crushed Jerad Docena and Legaspi smashed Paul Robert Evangelista.
In the women's play, Mary Grace Tambasen waylaid Akiko Charmaine Suede to join Shanie Mae Mendoza and Jean Karen Enriquez in the leadership board with 2.0 points each.
According to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) secretary-general Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. that a total of fourteen (14) chess players, 6 men and 8 women, will advance to the grand finals to join the twelve Filipino grandmasters and six top woman players from last year's national championship.
Tolentino also Mayor of the Tagaytay City in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hosted this qualification tournament to select the members of the Philippine men and women's teams to play in the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey in August.