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    Philippines bows to powerhouse Armenia

    Sep 1, 2012

    THREE Filipino Grandmasters managed to split the point with their Armenian counterparts but the two-time champions pounced on the mismatch on the bottom board for a 2.5-1.5 win over the Philippines in the fourth round of the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.

    GM Gabriel Sargissian downed International Master Oliver Dimakiling as third seed Armenia remained unbeaten in third place behind Ukraine and Hungary.

    Wesley So halved the point with world No. 2 Levon Aronian, Oliver Barbosa forged a truce with Sergei Movsesian and Mark Paragua drew with Vladimir Akopian.

    The Philippines is in 20th place and will next take on Iceland.

    In the women’s section, the Philippines defeated Mexico, 3-1, to take 21st spot.

    WIM Catherine Perena, Janelle Mae Frayna and Jan Jodilyn Fronda won their matches, while Mexico’s Ivette Alejandra Garcia Morales prevented a shutout by beating Woman Fide Master Rulp Ylem Jose on board two.

    The Filipinas next face South Africa, a 2.5-1.5 winner over Macedonia.

    Russia is on top in the women’s division. 

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