ROUND 9 (OPEN)
June 26, 2014
Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre remains on top after agreeing to a draw with International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia in the 9th round of the 2014 National Chess Championships/Battle of the Grandmasters held Thursday at the Athletes’ Dining Hall, PSC Canteen, RMSC, Manila. GM Torre drew with IM Garcia in 30 moves of an English Opening, just enough number of moves limit for a player to agree to a draw in the tournament.
Half a point behind with 18 points is top seed GM John Paul Gomez who also drew his game with the drawing GM, Rogelio Barcenilla in 31 moves of a Symmetrical English, This is the 8th draw for GM Barcenilla in 9 rounds!
FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina also drew his game with WFM Janelle Mae Frayna after 112 moves of a Symmetrical English vs…g6 4 Bg2 Bg7 5 Nf3 to place 3rd and 5th respectively. IM Garcia is running 4th place.
The only won game registered was that of GM Joey Antonio who “killed” the Modern Defense of IM Oliver Dimakiling in just 31 moves. The match between IM Joel Pimentel and NM Roel Abelgas was a quick draw in 34 moves of a Slav Defense Exchange Variation which ended in under 30 minutes of play.