FIDE Master David Elorta and Randy Segarra beat highly-touted foes in the second round of the Philippine Sports Commission Cup International Chess Championships on Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Elorta defeated Russian GM Aleksandr Rakhamanov in 67 moves of a London System Opening, while Segarra, the current head coach of the De La Salle chess team, beat his former player in GM John Paul Gomez in 33 moves of an English Opening.
Elorta and Segarra occupy the leaderboard with 2.0 points along with GM-elect Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa of Mongolia, GM Mark Paragua, FM Haridas Pascua, and Nelson Mariano III after Day 2 of the nine-round Swiss system tournament.
GM Joey Antonio drew with IM Emmanuel Senador for 1.5 points also on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre and GM Oliver Barbosa bounced back after suffering defeats in the first round.
Torre beat Women’s NM Jan Jodilyn Fronda after 53 moves of a London System Opening, while Barbosa downed Kevin Mirano after 59 moves of a Catalan Opening.