PGMA CUP : Brilliant Torre is back

  • Page Views 4426
  • torres“These were beautiful wins de­cided in the endgame,” said Torre in Filipino. “I hope this (streak) will continue.” Feeling refreshed after a long vacation in the United States, Torre is off to his strongest start in years as he took a half-point lead over top seed GM Murtas Kazh­galeyev of Kazakhstan, who drew with Filipino GM Darwin Laylo in the third round before beating GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia. Laylo, reigning titlist GM Li Chao of China, GM Mark Paragua and International Masters John Paul Gomez and Julio Catalino Sadorra are also hot in the chase for the $6,000 top prize with 3.0 points.

    The 19-year-old Li settled for back-to-back draws with Gomez, the three-time national junior champion, and Singaporean GM Zhang Zhong, respectively. Laylo also extracted a draw against third-seeded Georgian GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili in the fourth round to keep abreast with Gomez, who also split the point with No. 4 seed GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran. Paragua, spearhead of the RP team to the inaugural World Mind Games in Beijing next month, whipped compatriot Deniel Cau­so in the fourth round to make up for his defeat to Zhou in the previ­ous round. Asean Grand Prix overall win­ner Sadorra gained the most by hurdling teener Karl Victor Ochoa and Noel de la Cruz in the third and fourth rounds. Also with three points were Zhang, Ghaem Maghami, Zhou, Mchedlishvili, Li, Wen Yang of China and Weiming Goh of Sin­gapore.

    Stunned by Gomez in Round 2 and held to a draw by unheralded Chinese Yang Kaiqi in the next round, GM Wesley So recovered by trouncing Vietnamese Nguyen Van Huy in the fourth round. The 14-year-old So improved to 2.5 points, the same total post­ed by GMs Jayson Gonzales and Bong Villamayor and IM Richard Bitoon. Gonzales drew his matches with Causo and David Elorta, while Villamayor won over Rhoe­bel Legaspi and halved the point with Vietnamese GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son. Bitoon split the point with Viet­namese Truong Son and Geor­gian GM Konstantin Shanava. A total of $40,000 is at stake in the nine-round tournament orga­nized by the National Chess Fed­eration of the Philippines headed by Prospero “Butch” Pichay. Prizes have been broken down to the 32nd places, according to NCFP executive director and tour­nament director Willie Abalos.
    Casto “Toti” Abundo is the su­pervising arbiter of the ranking event sanctioned by the World Chess Federation

    Share

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 14 October 2021
      6 days ago No comment

      3 Steps to getting your BC Vaccine Card

      Related

    • 14 October 2021
      6 days ago No comment

      Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize is an international Rebuke of the Duterte Regime

      The Malaya Movement in Canada congratulates Maria Ressa as co-recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. In its announcement, the Nobel Committee cited Ms. Ressa’s efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms Ressa …[is] receiving the Peace Prize for [her] ...

    • 14 October 2021
      6 days ago No comment

      Fil-Cans unite, launch Vancouver, BC 4 LENI 2022

      As the Philippine presidential election draws closer and closer, groups are getting together to support the candidate they feel must become the next president of the country. Filipino-Canadians from all over British Columbia’s Lower Mainland gathered together at the King George Grill Hub in Surrey to gather support for ...

    • 07 October 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      The Miracle Wedding of the Year

      Many of the most great love stories are tragic ones. On this extraordinary pandemic times and on what they went through the couple Laura and Brian you’ll expect it to end with the same way. But to everyone’s joy, it didn’t have the tragic ending like the romance of ...

    • 07 October 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Jane de Leon excited and quite nervous  to meet director Chito Roño

      I hope to be able to meet his expectations of me,” said Jane de Leon, lead star of “Darna: The TV Series,” her reaction to the news that highly acclaimed director Chito Roño would be officially taking the helm in the much-awaited TV adaptation of the country’s iconic superheroine. ...

    %d bloggers like this: