Pinoys lose in round 12 of junior chess
MANILA, Philippines – Young Filipino chess players Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Jerad Docena both suffered setbacks against higher-rated opponents in the 12th round of the 2013 World Junior Chess Championships in Kocaeli, Turkey on Thursday.
Fronda bowed the Grand Master (GM) Wang Jue of China after 34 moves of the Sicilian defense, Dragon variation in the girls division.
Docena, meanwhile, lost to Fide Master Vitaly Meribanov of Belarus after 35 moves of Sicilian defense, Najdorf variation.
Fronda remains stuck at 6.5 points, while Docena has 6.0 points.
GM Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia continues to lead the girls division with 9.5 points after defeating GM Meri Arabidze of Georgia after 101 moves of Dutch defense.
GM Yu Yangyi of China remains on top of the Open division after he defeated GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia after 62 moves of the Sicilian defense. -- By Marlon Bernardino