GRANDMASTER Eugene Torre came up with the lone win as the 35th-ranked Philippines salvaged a draw with fourth seed Hungary and remained in the top 10 after seven rounds of the Chess Olympiad on Tuesday in Istanbul.
The Philippines had earlier soared to fifth place with a sixth-round win over Bulgaria and the draw with five-time champion Hungary kept them within striking distance of the leaders.
Torre, Asia’s first GM now ranked outside the world’s top 1000, defeated world No. 66 GM Ferenc Berkes on board three to help the Philippines come up with a 2-2 result after the top and bottom boards ended in standoffs and Oliver Barbosa bowed to fellow GM Zoltan Almasi on board three.
GM Wesley So, world ranked 84th, drew with world No. 18 Peter Leko on board one and Mark Paragua halved the point on board four with Csaba Balogh.
The Philippines next faces England, which beat Georgia 2.5-1.5.
No. 1 seed Russia remained on top after beating seventh seed Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, while China is in second after defeating third seed Armenia 2.5-1.5.
In women’s section, the 57th-ranked Philippine team downed Portugal 3-1 to climb from 31st to 20th place.
Rulp Ylem Jose beat fellow Woman Fide Master Ana Baptista and Jedara Docena downed candidate master Sara Monteiro.
Woman International Master Catherine Perena and Janelle Mae Frayna halved the point in their matches with WIM Catarina Leite and Maria Oliveira, respectively.
The Filipinas next take on fifth seed US, which blanked No. 48 Belgium.