Pinoy woodpushers score huge win over Costa Rica in fourth round of Chess Olympiad

GRANDMASTERS John Paul Gomez and Rogelio Barcenilla Jr. and International Master Paulo Bersamina scored wins and GM Eugene Torre eked out a draw from a losing position as the Philippines downed Costa Rica, 3.5-.5, in the fourth round of the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan

The Filipinos were in 43rd spot as China, Azerbaijan and the Netherlands occupy the top three.

Gomez, playing his second straight game on board one since top player GM Julio Catalino Sadorra fell illness was brought to the hospital three days ago, destroyed IM Sergio MInero Pineda's Frech Defense in 44 moves.

Torre halved the point with GM Bernal Gonzales Acosta after 64 moves of a Slav.

Barcenilla clawed his way out of an inferior game by bringing down IM Leonardo Valdez Romero in 74 moves of a King's Indian Attack.

Bersamina won in 43 moves of a Nimzo-Indian defense against IM Alexis Murillo Tsijli.

Meanwhile, the Philippine women’s team settled for a 2-2 draw with Canada.

Jan Jodilyn Fronda couldn't cash in on her material advantage and lost miserably to Woman International Master Yuan Yuanling.

Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza made a good impression on her first ever game on the Olympiad stage by smashing World candidate master Maili-Jade Ouellet on board four.

WIMs Janelle Mae Frayna and Catherine Secopito split the point with FM Zhou Qiyu and Lali Agbabishvili on first and third boards.

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