Woman International Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda settled for a quick draw in round 4 with fellow WIM Mikee Charlene Suede to show the way in women’s division of the Battle of the Grandmasters held at the PSC National Athletes’ Dining Hall, RMSC, P. Ocampo St., Manila. Fronda, the second seed and top board player of La Salle in the UAAP League, halve the point with Suede in 23 moves of a French Defense by repetition of moves. She registers 6 points in 4 games of play, employing the Torre-Pichay system of scoring of 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss with 1.5-0.5 score for a stalemate.
Erstwhile leader Arvie Lozano of UP, with one game to spare, settled for a draw with Woman FIDE Master Marie Antoinette San Diego who both are second running with 5 points and a point behind the leader. Their London System game ended in a draw in 42 moves.
Bunched in third with 4 points are top seed and defending champion Woman International Master Catherine Pereńa-Secopito, Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza and Woman National Master Christy Lamiel Bernales. WIM Secopito missed winning chances and was held to a draw by WNM Jean Karen Enriquez in a marathon 80 mover Scandinavian/Center Counter Defense game. Both WFM Mendoza and WNM Bernales won their respective assignments by beating Brena Mae Membrere in 37 moves of a King’s Indian and Judith Pineda in 55 moves of a Sicilian Defense Rossolimo variation, respectively.
In the open division, erstwhile co-leader Woman International Master Janelle Mae Frayna, the conqueror of Grandmaster Eugene Torre in the previous round, bowed out against International Master Mari Joseph Turqueza after 88 moves of a Slav Defense. A faulty combination cost her a piece and lost despite more pawns in the endgame.
Grandmaster and many times winner Joey Antonio bounced back into contention by beating National Master Roel Abelgas in 40 moves of a Caro Kann to tie for the lead with Grandmaster Richard Bitoon and National Master Jerad Docena who drew their game in 51 moves of a Sicilian Defense. The three registered 5 points apiece. Following them with 4 points are WIM Frayna, IM Turqueza and idle International Master Haridas Pascua who draw a bye.
Other results: GM Torre against GM Darwin Laylo, draw in 32 moves of a Slav Defense and International Master Paulo Bersamina also splitting the point with top seed Grandmaster John Paul Gomez in 27 moves of A Sicilian Dragon.
The tournament is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by its President Prospero ‘Butch’ Pichay Jr. , Congressman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino and Congressman Neri Javier Colmenares..It is supported financially by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) thru Chairman Ricardo R. Garcia in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) thru President Jose ‘Peping Cojuangco.