Gomez scores back-to-back wins in Battle of GMs
MANILA – Grandmaster (GM) John Paul Gomez scored back-to-back wins in the 2013 Battle of the Grandmasters at the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) grounds in Vito Cruz, Manila.
His latest victory was against International Master (IM) Joel Pimentel late Thursday. Gomez defeated Pimentel in 35 moves of Sicilian defense using the advantageous white pieces in Round 7.
The 27-year-old Binan, Laguna native Gomez, who brought down National Master (NM) Narquinden Reyes in the 6th round, improved his output to 19.5 points on 6 wins and draw.
The event is using the Torre-Pichay scoring system, a method created by GM Eugene Torre and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero Pichay, Jr.
Based on the system, a win is equivalent to 3 points, a draw is 1.5 points, a loss is zero. A stalemate is 2.0 for the last player to make a move and 1.0 to the player who can no longer make a move.
Meanwhile, solo second place GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. improved to 16.0 points after beating Fide Master (FM) Jony Habla in the 6th round and drew with defending champion GM Mark Paragua in the 7th round.
"Medyo mahirap game namin ni Mark (Paragua) pero ok na ang draw," said Antonio, former top player of University of Manila and mainstay of Philippine Army chess team.
At 3rd is GM Oliver Barbosa with 15.0 points. The Taytay, Rizal resident beat GM Richard Bitoon and IM Richilieu Salcedo III, respectively.
In the women's play, Woman International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna toppled Woman Fide Master (WFM) Rulp Ylem Jose in the 6th round then split the point with WIM Beverly Mendoza in the 7th round to remain on top with 18.0 points. -Marlon Bernardino