Fronda wins in round 10 of world junior chess
MANILA, Philippines – National Master (NM) Jan Jodilyn Fronda defeated International Master (IM) Ayelen Martinez of Argentina in round 10 of the 2013 World Junior Chess Championship in Kocaeli, Turkey on Tuesday.
Fronda's victory created a seven-way tie for eighth place in the tournament.
Fronda has now raised her total to 6.5 points, the same output of IM Sabina Ibrahimova of Azerbaijan, Grand Master (GM) Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan, IM Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda of Columbia, GM Rout Padmini of India, and IMs Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Mitra Hejazipour of Iran.
Meanwhile, GM Irina Bulmaga of Romania split the point with GM Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia to remain on top of the girls division with 8.0 points.
Goryachkina now has 7.5 points, tied for second and third places with GM Dyesu Cori of Peru.
Fronda’s victory somewhat made up for the loss of Filipino National Master (NM) Jerad Docena, who lost to IM Vahap Sanal of Turkey.
Docena remains stuck at 5.0 points, and dropped to a share of 50th to 69th places.
Top-seeded GM Yu Yangyi of China and last year’s champion GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey are leading the way in the Open division with 8.5 points each.
Yu defeated IM Aleksandar Indjic of Serbia, while Ipatov drew with GM Jorge Cori of Peru.
In the 11th round, Fronda will meet with IM Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda of Columbia, while Docena plays opposite Fide Master Bjorn Moller Ochsner of Denmark.
Docena and Fronda earned the right to represent the Philippines in the world junior chess meet after winning the National Junior Chess Championships for boys and girls. The two players are accompanied by IM Yves Ranola.
The Filipino chess campaign in Turkey is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. -- By Marlon Bernardino