The pride of Philippines' Chess ladies performances are quite impressive here in the 3rd ASEAN JAPFA Chess Championship, Jakarta, Indonesia. Especially, the strong showing of 17 year old WFM Shania Mendoza by Co- leading the tournament together with WIM Janelle Frayna and WGM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen of Vietnam.
in round 3, Mendoza drew her game against Nur Najiha Hisham Azman of Malaysia in their 54 moves Nimzo Indian Defence battle. but the most unexpected turn out of the game was in the round 2, Supposedly, the match of Mendoza against Vietnam Olympic player WIM Thi Nhu Y Hoang is nearing to inevitable draw when her opponent committed a one move blunder in move 45th by playing King to d4 in their Chigorin Defense Encounter which allowed Mendoza's knight pawn to pass and win a promotion that sealed her triumph.
Likewise,the feat of 19 year old, WIM Janelle Mae Frayna is astounding as she drew her game against a lone Woman Grandmaster in the tournament Vietnam's Olympic player WGM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen in their 48 moves Slav Defence clashed, in round 3, Frayna defeated Amanda Suci Fitriyani of Indonesia in their 39 moves Ruy Lopez Berlin variation match to put her as co-leaders of the on going event, while 19 year old WIM Bernadette Galas is not so fortunate after smashing the 60 moves Center Counter Defence of Shanti Nur Abidah of Indonesia in round 2, she suffered a loss in round 3, when she got confused during ensuing complications in time scramble against WGM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen of Vietnam. Galas missed the 31st winning move Rook to D8 instead she played pawn to e5 to give her opponent a full point score for that costly mistake.
In men's division, 20 year old IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia is highly in contention for top plum and to the much coveted Grandmaster Norm as he is currently standing for the second place. Garcia drew both of his games in round 2 and 3 against FM Anh Khoi Nguyen of Vietnam in 43 moves Fianchetto variation King's Indian Defence and IM Cuhendi Winshand Sean of Indonesia in 23 moves English opening respectively.
Consequently, 16 year old IM Paulo Bersamina and Veteran GM Darwin Laylo are not to be out done as they are still within the striking distance to win the tournament..
Bersamina drew his game in round 2 against non titled player Theolifus Taher Yoseph of Indonesia in 31 moves Sicilian Defence Rossolimo Variation and in round 3, a truce was made against IM Lutfi Muhammad Ali in 22 moves Center Counter after he perpetual Checked his rival.
In the same manner, GM Laylo halves both of his games against IM Van Huy Nguyen of Vietnam in 42 moves Grunfeld Defence and another 45 moves Grundeld Defence to FM Anh Khoi Nguyen.
WOMEN Division :RANKING CROSS TABLE AFTER 3 ROUNDS
1 .WGM Thi Mai Hung Nguyen (Vietnam) 2.5 points
2 .WFM Shania Mae mendoza (Philippines) 2.5 points
3 .WIM Janelle Mae Frayna (Philippines) 2.5 points
4. WIM Chelsie Monica Sihite (Indonesia) 2.0 points
5 .WCM Nur Nabila Hisham Azman (Malaysia) 2.0 points
6 .WIM Bernadette Galas (Philippines) 1.5 points
7. WFM Dewi A.A. Citra (Indonesia) 1.5 points
8 .WFM Dita Karenza (Indonesia) 1.5 points
9 .WFM Nur Najiha Hisham Azman (Malaysia) 1.0 point
10.WIM Thi Nhu Y Hoang (Vietnam) 1.0 point
11 .Amanda Suci Fitriyani (Indonesia) 0 point
12. WFM Shanti Nur Abidah ( Indonesia) 0 point
MEN's Division : RANKING CROSS TABLE AFTER 3 ROUNDS
1.FM Li Tian Yeoh (Malaysia) 2.5 points
2.IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia (Philippines) 2.0 points
3.Theolifus Taher Yoseph (Indonesia) 2.0 points
4.GM Thien Hai Dao (Vietnam) 2.0 points
5.IM Winshand Cuhendi Sean (Indonesia) 1.5 points
6.IM Paulo Bersamina (Philippines) 1.5 points
7.GM Susanto Megaranto (Indonesia) 1.5 points
8.GM Darwin Laylo (Philippines) 1.5 points
9.FM Anh Khoi Nguyen (Vietnam) 1.0 point
10.IM Lutfi Muhammad Ali (Indonesia) 1.0 point
11.IM Van Huy Nguyen (Vietnam) 1.0 point
12.IM Zaw Thun Wynn (Myanmar) 0.5 point