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    Filipinos wind up 21st in Chess Olympiad

    Sep 10, 2012

    THE Philippines suffered a 1-3 defeat to Romania in the final round Sunday and wound up in 21st place in the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.

    Wesley So and Oliver Barbosa drew with Constantin Lupulescu and Mircea-Emilian Parligras on the top two boards but the 35th-ranked Philippines, which entered the final round in 11th place, suffered losses on the lower boards against No. 25 Romania.

    Eugene Torre bowed to Levente Vajda and Mark Paragua lost to Vladislav Nevednichy.

    Armenia won its third Olympiad as the Levon Aronian-led squad, seeded third, beat Peter Leko and the fourth-seeded Hungarian team 2.5-1.5 in the final round.

    Top seed Russia took second place followed by second seed Ukraine and No. 6 China. Romania finished in eighth place ahead of Hungary.

    In the women’s section, the 57th-ranked Philippines drew with Bosnia & Herzegovina and wound up in 43rd place.

    Catherine Perena beat fellow Woman International Master Elena Boric and Jan Jodilyn Fronda defeated Sanja Dedijer.

    Janelle Mae Frayna lost to Woman Fide Master Aleksandra Dimitrijevic and Jedara Docena bowed to WFM Dijana Dengler.

    Second seed Russia won the women’s title while top seed China settled for second place. Ukraine was third and India fourth. 

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