MANILA, Philippines – Following a fifth-round loss, Filipino Grandmaster Mark Paragua bounced back in the 2nd HD Bank Cup International Open Chess with a sixth-round whipping of Fide Master (FM) Daniel Chan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Tuesday.
The Bulacan-based Paragua outwitted the lower-rated Chan to remain in contention in the nine-round competition, which offers the overall champion $10,000.
GM Oliver Barbosa scored his second straight win when he outplayed Nguyen Thien Viet of Vietnam.
He earlier beat Yu Chaojie of China.
GM John Paul Gomez, meanwhile, stumbled on draw against Chinese International Master (IM) Gao Rui.
The three Filipino players have 4.5 points each, a full point behind solo leader GM Ni Hua of China.
GM Eugene Torre drew with GM Xiu Deshun of China, while IM Rolando Nolte also halved the point with GM Li Shilong of China to join Fide Master Paulo Bersamina for 12th to 23rd place with 4 points.
At 24th to 44th place are IM Oliver Dimakiling, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, IM Emmanuel Senador, National Master Edgard Reggie Olay with 3.5 points each.
The Filipinos' campaign in Vietnam is backed by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and the Philippine Sports Commission. – By Marlon Bernardino