GRANDMASTER Darwin Laylo bounced back and regained a piece of the lead in the 2012 National Open Chess Championships, defeating erstwhile solo leader GM Rogelio Antonio on Thursday at the Paraw Club in Boracay.
Laylo, the former national junior champion, beat Antonio in the seventh round of the tournament dubbed `Battle of the Grandmasters.’ He previously suffered his first loss in the event at the expense of GM Julio Catalino Sadorra in the sixth round.
International Master Oliver Dimakiling turned back GM John Paul Gomez to force a three-way tie at the top with Laylo and Antonio, all with 10 points each.
The event is using the scoring method formulated by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) where a win is equivalent to two points, a draw is one point, and a loss is zero.
The top three finishers will gain outright seats in the men’s national team competing in this year’s World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on August 27 to September 10.
Top Filipino player GM Wesley So (Elo 2650) is already assured of a slot while the NCFP has the option to pick the fifth player of the men’s team.
GMs Eugene Torre and Mark Paragua were just a step behind the leaders with 9.0 points. Torre beat FIDE Master Randy Segarra while Paragua toppled GM Rogelio Barcenilla.
The streaking Sadorra moved to solo fifth with 8.5 points following his conquest of GM Roland Salvador.