Laylo wins, but 2 Pinoys falter in Indonesia tourney
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Master (GM) Darwin Laylo continued his strong play in the fourth round of the 2013 Indonesia Chess Open Championship, turning back Indonesia International Master (IM) Farid Firman Syah on Saturday in Jakarta.
Laylo now has 3.0 points through four rounds tied with 18 other players in the tournament.
But Filipino GMs John Paul Gomez and Oliver Barbosa failed to sustain their momentum, with Gomez losing to GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly of India, while Barbosa bowed to GM Hoang Thanh Trang of Hungary.
Ganguly and Trang joined GM Aleksey Dreev of Russia in the second to fourth places with 3.5 points each.
GM Ivan Ivanisevic of Serbia subdued overnight co-leader GM Avetik Grigoryan of Armenia to claim the solo lead with 4.0 points.
Meanwhile, Filipino GM Richard Bitoon lost to GM Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands, while Fide Master (FM) Paulo Bersamina split the point with IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam. GM Mark Paragua lost as well, ceding to IM Lioe Dede of Indonesia, while IM Oliver Dimakiling bowed to GM Gopal GN of India.
IM Rolando Nolte defeated GM Ardiansyah H of Indonesia, IM Emmanuel Senador upset GM Enamul Hossain of Bangladesh, National Master Emmanuel Emperado also upset countryman GM Eugene Torre, IM Kim Steven Yap beat FM Sumiya Bilguun of Mongolia, and IM Ronald Bancod lost to Fauzan M of Indonesia.
The Filipino chess players’ campaign is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. -- By Marlon Bernardino.