Docena rebounds in World Junior Chess
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino chesser Jerad Docena beat Fide Master (FM) Bjorn Moller Ochsner of Denmark in the 11th round of the 2013 World Junior Chess Championships on Wednesday at the Ness Hotel in Kocaeli, Turkey.
With his feat, Docena now has a total of 6.0 points, or 3.5 points behind the solo leader, Grand Master (GM) Yu Yangyi of China who has collected 9.5 points in the Open category.
Yu nipped International Master (IM) Andrey Stukopin of Russia in the 11th round. Last year’s champion, GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey, split the point with GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia to occupy solo second with 9.0 points.
Meanwhile, Filipina player Jan Jodilyn Fronda lost to IM Paula Andrea Rodriguez Rueda of Columbia. Fronda, a national master (NM) remains stuck at 6.5 points.
GM Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia defeated GM Deysi Cori of Peru to grab the solo lead in the women’s division with 8.5 points.
Overnight leader GM Irina Bulmaga of Romania lost to GM Rout Padmini of India to remain at 8.0 points, the same output of IM Abdumalik Zhansaya of Kazakhstan, who defeated IM Sabi Brahimova of Azerbaijan.
In the 12th round, Docena will face FM Vitaly Meribanov of Belarus, while Fronda plays GM Wang Jue of China.
Docena and Fronda earned the right to represent the Philippines in the World Junior Chess meet after they won the National Junior Chess Championships for boys and girls.
The two players are accompanied by IM Yves Ranola.
Their 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