Filipino Grandmaster (GM) John Paul Gomez and International Masters (IM) Haridas Pascua and Paulo Bersamina sustained the host country's campaign in the Philippine International Chess Championship by drawing their fifth round games at Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel in Zambales on Friday.
Gomez and Pascua split the point in 30 moves of a Trompovsky Attack while Bersamina halved the point with IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi of India 24 moves of a King's Indian duel.
The three chess aces are now a full point behind tournament leaders GM Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus and Armenian GM Tigran Kontanjian who own four points each.
Kovalev pulled down former leader Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Lei Tingjie of China in 60 moves of a Benoni, while Chinese GM Wang Hao dropped Armenian GM Tigran Kontanjian in 27 moves of a super-sharp Sicilian showdown.
Lei skidded to a share of No. 3 with Russian GMs Boris Savchenko and Anton Demchenko, Georgian GM Merab Gagunashvili and Pentsulaia with 3.5 points each.
GM Joey Anontio and IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia also drew 31 moves of a Slav to stay in a group with 2.5 points each in the meet sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines headed by president Butch Pichay and vice president Atty. Ruel Canobas.
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