MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Master (GM) Mark Paragua joined compatriot GM John Paul Gomez and Chinese GM Ni Hua at the top of the standings in the ongoing 2nd HD Bank Cup International Open Chess tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Sunday.
Paragua subdued Vietnamese International Master (IM) Duong The Anh in the third round, prevailing using the advantageous white pieces.
“Mark showed sheer attacking game to garner the full point against his Vietnamese rival,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines chairman/president Prospero Pichay Jr.
“We just hope our players will continue to play well in the succeeding rounds,” he added.
Gomez, on the other hand, toppled Yu Chaojie employing similar white pieces, while Ni won over Vietnamese Fide Master Le Tuan Minh, also with the white pieces.
The three chessers tallied three points in three outings, half a point ahead of a huge group of 2.5-pointers, which includes another Filipino entry, National Master Reggie Olay, along with Chinese GM Li Shilong.
Olay and Shilong ended their game in a fighting draw.
Olay currently holds a 2361 Fide rating and will need to break the 2400 Elo mark to complete his International Master status after earning three IM norms.
In round 3 GM Eugene Torre dismantled Aron Teh Eu Wen of Malaysia; GM Oliver Barbosa routed Tran Ngoc Lan of Vietnam; IM Rolando Nolte nipped Gao Hanxue of China; FM Paula Bersamina upset IM Bao Khoa of Vietnam and NM Rhobel Legaspi split thep oint with IM Gong Qianyun of China.
But Filipino IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia lost to IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam, while IM Oliver Dimakiling bowed to IM Le Quang Long of Vietnam. IM Emmanuel Senador also lost to IM Nguyen Duc Hua of Vietnam. – By Marlon Bernardino.