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    Philippines settles for draw with Vietnam

    Sep 8, 2012

    THE Philippines’ four games with Vietnam ended in draws, with Grandmasters Eugene Torre and Mark Paragua halving the point with International Masters in the 10th round of the Chess Olympiad Friday in Istanbul.

    It was a decent result for the Filipino woodpushers a day after being whipped .5-3.5 by powerhouse China.

    The 35th-ranked Philippine team climbed a notch to 11th from 12th and will next take on Romania.

    Torre drew with Nguyen Van Huy in 54 moves of a Queen’s Pawn Game and Paragua split his match with Nguyen Doc Hoa in 46 moves of a King’s Indian.

    In GM showdowns on the top boards, Wesley So halved the point with Le Quang Liem and Oliver Barbosa drew with Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

    In the women’s section, the Philippines drew with Malaysia and slipped to 41st place from 39th.

    Woman International Master Catherine Perena and Janelle Mae Frayna drew on the top two boards with Woman Fide Master Nur Najiha Azman Hisham and Woman Candidate Master Nur Nabila Azman Hisham.

    Jan Jodilyn Fronda beat Camilia Johari but Jedara Docena bowed to Li Ting Tan.

    The Filipinas next face Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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