THE Philippines came out with mixed fortunes performance in the on-going 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games 2013 Classical Chess in Incheon, Korea on Monday.
Woman International Master elect Janelle Mae Frayna defeated Woman Fide Master Uuganbayar Lkhamsuren of Mongolia to improve to 2.5 points on two wins and a draw.
The top player of Far Eastern University womens chess team is now tied for 5th to 7th places in the company of WGM Nafisa Muminova of Uzbekistan and WIM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran.
GMs Hou Yifan and Zhao Xue of China, IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen of Vietnam and WIM Hejazipour Mitra of Iran toppled their respective rivals to share the lead with perfect 3.0 points after three games of play.
Woman International Master Catherine Perena bounced back in contention by demolishing Hussain Aminath Hasha of Maldives for her 2.0 points. Perena from San Jose Delmonte, Bulacan was yielded to IM Pham in the second round in the women's division.
Not everything was good news for local chess fans, though, with World Cup bound GM Oliver Barbosa failing to sustain the momentum of his victory over IM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam in the second round, bowing to GM Al Medaihki Mohd Ahmed A J of Qatar in the third round in the men's side.