ROUND 1 (OPEN)
June 21, 2014
International Master Paulo Bersamina upset Grandmaster Darwin Laylo to grab the lead in the first round of the 2014 National Open Chess Championships/Battle of the Grandmasters held at the Athletes’ Dining Hall, PSC Canteen, RMSC, Manila. IM Bersamina took advantage of GM Laylo’s inaccuracy in the middle game of a Gruenfeld with .Nf3 Bg7 sidelines to win in 52 moves.
Also in the win column is National Master Roel Abelgas who won in another Gruenfeld this time employing a 4.Qb3 variation against Woman FIDE Master Janelle Mae Frayna who lost in 46 moves.
The other open division matches ended up in draws. Top seed Grandmaster John Paul Gomez drew with Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre in a Reti Opening in 49 moves. International Master Oliver Dimakiling also drew with fellow IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia in 30 moves of a King’s Indian Saemisch. Grandmaster Richard Bitoon drew with fellow GM Rogelio Barcenilla in 30 moves of an English Opening and International Master Joel Pimentel halved the point with Grandmaster Joey Antonio in a Symmetrical English game although GM Antonio missed a winning continuation on move 36.