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    Philippines closes in on Top 10 in Olympiad

    Sep 2, 2012

    THE Philippines climbed to 11th place in the 2012 World Chess Olympiad after a 3-1 fifth-round win over Iceland in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa defeated GM Henrik Danielsen on board two while GM Mark Paragua downed International Master Dagur Arngrimsson on Board Four to lead the Filipinos to the win.

    GMs Wesley So and Eugene Torre drew their matches with GMs Hannes Stefansson and Throstur Thorhallson, respectively, to seal the victory.

    Third seed Armenia, which defeated the Philippines in the fourth round, is now on top of the standings after a 2.5-1.5 win over second seed Ukraine. Top seed Russia climbed to second place after a 2.5-1.5 win over No. 4 Hungary.

    In the women’s division, the Philippines climbed to 15th with a 3-1 win over South Africa.

    WIM Catherine Perena and Jedara Docena won their assignments against WGM Melissa Greeff and WIM Denise Frick, while Janelle Mae Frayna and Jan Jodilyn Fronda drew with WIM Cecile Van Der Merwe and WFM Tshepang Tlale respectively.

    Top seed Russia remains on top.

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