MANILA, Philippines – Filipino woodpushers experienced mixed fortunes in the second round of the 40th FIDE World Chess Olympiad late Wednesday at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Grand Master (GM) candidate Oliver Dimakiling defeated International Master (IM) Iulian Baltag on Board Four, 2.5-1.5.
GM Wesley So, GM Oliver Barbosa and GM Mark Paragua settled for fighting draws against GM Viktor Bologan, GM Dmitry Svetushkin and IM Serghei Vedmediuc on Boards One to Three, respectively.
In the women’s division, the Philippines’ women’s team, seeded 57th, lost to the 16th seeded Slovenia, 1.5-2.5.
IM Catherine Perena bowed to GM Anna Muzychuck after 55 moves of Center Counter defense on Board One, while Fide Master Rulp Ylem Jose lost to IM Vesna Rozic after 41 moves of Slav Defense on Board Two.
NM Jedara Docena split the point with GM Ana Srebrnic after 40 moves of Vienna Opening on Board Four.
NM Janelle Mae Frayna came up big for the team when she upset GM Jana Krivec on Board Three to earn full points.
In the third round on Thursday, the men’s team will meet 40th seed Kazakhstan, while the women’s team goes up against 58th seed Turkmenistan.
In the opening round, the men’s team blasted No. 112 Libya, 4-0, while the women’s team also shut out No. 121 Pakistan.
The men’s team is bidding to rebound from its worst-ever 50th place finish while the women’s team is aiming to improve on its 44th place finish in the 2010 Olympiad. -- By Marlon Bernardino