MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Oliver Barbosa defeated Indonesian Fide Master (FM) Novita Anjas to create a five-way tie for first in the third round of the 11th Asian Continental Individual Chess Championship on Wednesday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The victory hiked Barbosa’s total to 3.5 points, the same output put in by GM Ding Liren of China, GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia and GM Yu Yangyi and IM Liu Qingnan of China.
GM John Paul Gomez, meantime, upset GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran to raise his total to 3 points, good for a tie for sixth to 11th place.
GM Mark Paragua settled a truce with FM Wei Yi of China for 2.5 points.
Country's top rated GM Wesley So notch his fourth straight draw in as many rounds to score 2.0 points, while Asia's first GM Eugene Torre halved the point with FM Nguyen Van Hai of Vietnam for 1.5 points.
The competition serves as a qualifier for the World Chess Cup.
The team’s campaign is backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Meanwhile, US chess master Almario Bernardino Jr. won the title in the 3rd Bulacan Media Chess Championship.
He took home the crown by winning the five-round Swiss tournament which ended on Tuesday. – By Marlon Bernardino