Tagaytay PH wins again, retains top spot
MANILA, Philippines – Grand Master (GM) John Paul Gomez defeated International Master (IM) Lou Yiping to lift the Tagaytay-Philippines to victory over Shanghai-China in the fourth round of the 2013 Asian Cities Chess Championship at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.
Gomez’s win allowed Tagaytay-PH to claim a 2.5 to 1.5 win over the second-seeded Shanghai team.
“Mahirap ‘yung posisyon, buti napilit ko ‘yung laro,” said Gomez.
With 8.0 points through four rounds, the top-seeded Tagaytay team kept their lead in the tournament.
GM Oliver Barbosa fought GM Zhou Jianchao to a draw; GM Mark Paragua also drew with GM Ju Wenjun; and GM Darwin Laylo split the point with GM Zhang Xaowen.
Fourth-seeded Philippine Sports Commission-Manila, third-seeded Wuxi-China and eighth-seeded Baghdad-Iran also won their fourth-round matches to share the second to fourth places with 6.0 points each.
PSC-Manila, bannered by GM Rogelio Antonio Jr, defeated fifth-seeded Ulaanbaatar-Mongolia with a score of 2.5-1.5.
Wuxi, led by GM Wei Yu, defeated sixth-seeded Sharjah, 3-1; and Baghdad, led by GM Mohammed Zozek Salah Mohammed, routed seventh-seeded Pasay-Philippine Air Force, 4-0.
The nine-round, Swiss-system tournament uses the match point system, which gives two points for a win, one point for a draw, and zero for a loss.
The winning team will get $3,000, while the second and third placers will receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. -- By Marlon Bernardino