MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine men's and women's chess teams won their respective matches at the start of the 41st World Chess Olympiad late Saturday in Tromso, Norway.
The Philippine men's team, seeded 52nd, defeated No. 138 Afghanistan 3.5-0.5, while the 43rd seeded Philippine women's team subdued No. 110 Palau, 4-0.
Grandmaster (GM) Julio Catalino Sadorra defeated Fide Master (FM) Mahbuboollah Kooshani after 32 moves of Neo-Catalan on Board 1; GM John Paul Gomez beat FM Zaheeruddeen Asefi after 49 moves of Old Benoni defense on Board 2; and Asia's first GM Eugene Torre won by default over Hamidullah Sarwary on Board 3 after the latter failed to make an appearance in the opening round.
Little-known chesser Zabiullah Ahmadi prevented his team from suffering a shutout after forcing FM Paulo Bersamina into a draw after 82 moves of Caro-Kann defense on Board 4.
In the women's division, International Master (IM) Chardine Cheradee Camacho beat Angelica Parrado after 36 moves of French defense; FM Janelle May Frayna outclassed Baby Edna Mission after only 13 moves of Pirc defense; National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda won by default over Gladys Anne Paloma; and IM Catherine Perena beat Destiny Sisor after 28 moves of Queens Gambit Declined.