MANILA, Philippines – Filipino International Master (IM) Emmanuel “Manny” Senador defeated Spanish IM Marcos Llaneza Vega to share the lead in the 2012 Hong Kong International Open Chess Championships Tuesday at the Convocation Room of the University of Hong Kong.
Senador defeated Vega in the seventh round to hike his point total to 5.5 points.
He is tied with IM Zhou Yang-fan, Jinshi Bai and Baining Chen. Zhou drew with Li Bo of China, while Bai upset topseeded Filipino IM Oliver Dimakiling and Chen crushed Bharat Arun of India.
“Sana mahawakan ni Manny ‘yung momentum,” said Neri Javier Colmenares, a friend of Senador who also serves as a vice president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Albert Rivera of the Philippines bounced back after a sorry loss to Dimakiling in the sixth round as he trounced Liao Yu Hao of China in the seventh. Rivera now has 5.0 points, good for a tie for fifth to 10th place.
Dimakiling, on the other hand, remains stuck at 4.5 points and dropped to a tie for the 11th to 15th places. -- By Marlon Bernardino