JANELLE Mae Frayna blundered away a winning game and lost to Hungarian Grandmaster Attila Czebe in 40 moves of a Modern Defense to skid out of the top 20 after Thursday’s seventh round of the 21st Hogeschool Zeeland Open 2017 in Vlissigen, The Netherlands .
Frayna battled her way out of a passive opening by outsmarting Czebe in the middlegame as she emerged with two connected passed pawns in the center and a winning position had she found the proper continuation.
But the country’s first ever Woman Grandmaster missed it and blew several more chances.
Frayna could have salvaged a draw but two blunders on moves 37th and 39th quashed it while enabling Czebe to transform a completely lost game into a victory.
It was the second straight loss for the country’s first ever Woman Grandmaster after she fell to Russian GM Konstantin Landa the round before.
The pair of defeats kept Frayna’s total score at 4.5 points.
Frayna’s eighth-round game was against Dutchman Erik Sparenberg.
GM Jayson Gonzales suffered his first defeat, bowing to Indian International Master R Praggnanandhaa in 50 moves of a Caro-Kann Defense.
Gonzales fell from a share of third spot to outside the top 10 with five points to show. The former NCFP executive director clashes with Dutch Andries Mellema next.