It was a great day for team Philippines in the opening round of the 3rd ASEAN JAPFA Chess Championships here in Jakarta, Indonesia.
NCFP Chairman/ President Prospero A. Pichay Jr. together with NCFP Vice President for Luzon and Committee Chairman for grassroots and promotions Cong. Neri Javier Colmenares commended the players for their first round victories.
WIM Janelle Mae Frayna, Philippines' woman number one player, playing black won over WFM Shanti Nur Abidah of Indonesia in their Italian game, Frayna's Indonesian opponent blundered early in the opening phase of the game by not seeing a simple combination that losses her pawn.
WFM Shanai Mae Mendoza the 2015 World Schools Champion 17 under Girls out played WFM Dewi A.A. Citra an Olympic member of Indonesian women's team in 2014 Norway chess Olympiad. There was some point that Mendoza was clearly better in the opening and middle game in the hybrid of old Benoni Defence. However, she was out maneuvered by her opponent but during the time pressure, Citra misplayed the winning endgame which eventually exploited by Mendoza to win the game.
Talented WIM Bernadette Galas drew her first round match in a winning position against WIM Chelsie Monica Sihite also a member of Indonesian Olympic Women's Chess team. She over looked the winning move, few tournaments for this year makes her less confident instead she perpetual checked her opponent to draw the game in their encounter in the Sicilian Rossolimo Variation.
IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia won a very long and hard fought battle against Vietnam Olympic Player IM Van Huy Nguyen in their English opening duel, their game lasted for more than four hours. Nguyen succumbed to time pressure and endurance as he missed several drawing lines. The persistence of Garcia, his sense of strong positional play and strategical style pave off to earn his well deserved victory.
The match between the two Filipino compatriot GM Darwin Laylo and IM Paulo Bersamina end into a truce in a fighting draw of their modern Defence skirmished.
Standing after round 1, Men:
IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia ( Philippines) 1.0 point
GM Dao Thien Hai( Vietnam) 1.0 point
Yoseph Theolifus Taher ( Indonesia) 1.0 point
FM Li Tian Yeoh ( Malaysia) 1.0 point
GM Susanto Megaranto ( Indonesia) 0.5 point
GM Darwin Laylo ( Philippines) 0.5 point
IM Paulo Bersamina ( Philippines) 0.5 point
IM Cuhendi Winshand Sean ( Indonesia) 0.5 point
IM Van Huy Nguyen ( Vietnam) 0 point
IM Zaw Thun Wynn ( Myanmar) 0 point
IM Lufti Ali Muhammad ( Indonesia) 0 point
FM Anh Khoi Nguyen ( Vietnam) 0 point
Standing after round 1, Women:
WIM Janelle Mae Frayna( Philippines) 1.0 point
WFM Shanai Mae Mendoza ( Philippines) 1.0 point
WGM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen ( Vietnam) 1.0 point
WIM Thi Nhu Y Hoang ( Vietnam) 1.0 point
WFM Nur Najiha Hisham Azman ( Malaysia) 0.5 point
WCM Nur Nabila Hisham Azman ( Malaysia) 0.5 point
WIM Bernadette Galas ( Philippines) 0.5 point
WIM Chelsie Monica Sihite ( Indonesia) 0.5 point
WFM Dewi A.A. Citra ( Indonesia) 0 point
WFM Dita Karenza ( Indonesia) 0 point
WFM Shanti Nur Abidah ( Indonesia) 0 point
Amanda Suci Fitriyani ( Indonesia) 0 point
For more details of the event you can proceed to the official website of 3rd ASEAN JAPFA chess championships.