Philippine women's team bounces back with sweep of Belgium in Chess Olympiad

THE Philippine women’s team blanked Belgium, 4-0, to bounce back in the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

A day after scoring just one of a possible four points against No. 8 Hungary, the Filipinas got back on track with Woman International Masters Janelle Mae Frayna, Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Catherine Secopito and Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza scoring wins.

Frayna downed WFM Hanne Goossens, Fronda beat Wiebke Barbier, Secopito defeated Sarah Dierckens and Mendoza turned back Astrid Barbier as the Philippines moved to 16th spot.

The Filipinas next take on the 15th-seeded Mongolians.

In the Open division, however, the Filipinos bowed to Spain 1.5-2.5.

Grandmaster Eugene Torre beat GM Ivan Salgado Lopez on Board Two and IM Paulo Bersamina drew with GM Jose Carlos Ibarra Jerez on Board Four.

United States-based GMs John Paul Gomez and Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr.,however, fell to GMs Francisco Vallejo Pons and David Anton Guijarro, respectively, on first and third boards.

It was the second straight defeat by the Filipinos after absorbing a 1.5-2.5 loss to Italy.

The 64-year-old Torre rated just 2447 and facing way higher-rated foes, stay unbeaten as he now has seven points on six wins and two standoffs in eight games for an impressive performance rating of 2771.

Fronda has won six of her eight games, Frayna and Secopito have 5.5 points apiece while 19-year-old Mendoza has scored in three of her four matches.

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