Tagaytay-PH claims solo lead in Asian Cities chess
MANILA, Philippines – The Tagaytay-Philippines team kept their winning streak alive after beating the Philippine Sports Commission-Manila squad in the third round of the 2013 Asian Cities Chess Championship at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.
Tagaytay-PH defeated PSC-Manila, 2.5-1.5, with Grand Master (GM) Oliver Barbosa leading the way.
Barbosa, playing with the white pieces on Board One, defeated GM Rogelio Antonio Jr., while GM John Paul Gomez, manning Board Three, defeated International Master (IM) Rolando Nolte.
GM Darwin Laylo drew with IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia on Board Four. GM Richard Bitoon provided the lone point for PSC-Manila after beating GM Mark Paragua on Board Two.
Tagaytay now holds solo lead with six points in the nine-round, Swiss-system tournament that uses the match point scoring system (two points for a win, one point for a draw, zero for a loss).
Tagaytay earlier defeated Erdenet-Mongolia and Sharjah-UAE.
Meanwhile, Shanghai-China and Ulaanbaatar-Mongolia defeated their respective rivals to share second and third places with five points.
Shanghai bested Wuxi-China, 3-1, and Ulaanbaatar toppled Shah Alam-Malaysia, 2.5-1.5.
PSC-Manila and Wuxi remain at four points, the same output of Baghdad-Iraq, Pasay-Philippine Air Force and Sharjah.
The champion team will receive a prize of $3,000, while the second and third place teams will receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. -- By Marlon Bernardino