INTERNATIONAL Master Oliver Dimakiling secured the lone win to give the Philippines the needed lift as the top three boards ended in draws for a 2.5-1.5 victory over Moldova in the second round of the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.
Dimakiling defeated IM Iulian Baltag on Board Four, helping the Philippines take 24th spot in the standings.
Wesley So drew with Viktor Bolgan, while Oliver Barbosa and Dmitry Svetushkin drew on the top boards featuring Grandmasters. GM Mark Paragua halved the points with IM Serghei Vedmeduic on board three.
The Philippines next faces Kazakhstan, which beat Denmark 2.5-1.5.
Slovakia sits on top of the standings after a sweep of Ecuador.
The US beat Lithuania 3.5-.5 and was in second followed by Azerbaijan, which also won 3.5-5 over Ireland, while top seed Russia is down in 19th place after a 3-1 victory over Greece.
In the women’s section, the Philippines lost to Slovenia, 1.5-2.5, to take 40th spot after two rounds.
Janelle Mae Frayna scored the only win for the Filipinas, beating WGM Jana Krivec on Board Three as WIM Catherine Perena and Woman Fide Master Rulp Ylem Jose bowed to WFM Bahar Hallaeva and Aknyr Isaeva, respectively.
Jedara Docena drew with WGM Ana Srebrnic.
Top seed China remains on top followed by third seed Georgia.