MANILA – La Salle coach and Fide Master (FM) Randy Segarra turned back former Olympian and International Master (IM) Barlo Nadera in the third round of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) International Chess Championship at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
Segarra, who is aiming for an International Master (IM) title, toppled the 13th-seeded Nadera to gain 3.0 points in the nine-round Swiss system tournament.
He joins 6th-seed Grand Master (GM) Mark Paragua, 7th-seed GM Darwin Laylo, 14th-seed FM Haridas Pascua and 15th-seed FM Gombosuren Munkhgal of Mongolia on top of the leaderboard.
Segarra, seeded 24th in the tournament, previously defeated 60th-seed Silverio Abasola and 5th-seed GM John Paul Gomez.
The FIDE-backed event offers a top prize of $6,000 for the champion.
In other matches, Paragua toppled National Master (NM) Nelson Villanueva; Laylo routed FM David Elorte; Pascua subdued Nelson ‘Elo’ Mariano III; and Munkhgal upset countryman and GM-elect Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa.
Meanwhile, third-seed GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. leads a group of 2.5-pointers which includes NM Rustum Tolentino, FM Julius Joseph de Ramos, and NM Hamed Nouri.
Top-seed Russian GM Aleksandr Rakhamanov bounced back into contention after defeating FM Mari Joseph Turqueza. -- By Marlon Bernardino