PH resumes Olympiad campaign vs Bulgaria

Posted at 09/03/2012 8:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The resurgent Philippine chess team resumes its campaign in the 40th FIDE World Chess Olympiad when it battles the 10th-seeded Bulgaria in the sixth round Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Filipinos won their last match against Iceland, 3-1, to vault into a share of fifth to 21st places in the open section before the tournament took a break Sunday.

Grand Master (GM) Wesley So, the highest rated Filipino in the tournament, will try to end a string of draws when he handles the white pieces against GM Veselin Topalove.

Meanwhile, GM Oliver Barbosa will take on GM Kiril Georgive on Board 2; GM Eugene Torre faces GM Ivan Cheparinov on Board 3; while GM Mark Paragua takes on GM Aleksander Delchev on Board 4.

The 35th-seeded Filipinos have eight points based on the match point scoring system which awards two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss.

In the women’s play, International Master (IM) Catherine Perena will try to steer the Philippines past 14th-seeded France.

Perena will square off against IM Almira Skripchenko on Board 1; National Master (NM) Janelle Mae Frayna will face IM Milliet Sophie on Board 2; NM Jedara Docena will battle IM Silvia Collason Board 3; and NM Jodiyn Fronda will take on IM Andrea Bollengier on Board 4.

The 57th-seeded Filipinas jumped to a share of 6th to 16th places with 11 others at eight points. They had previously clobbered 61st-seed South Africa, 3-1. By Marlon Bernardino