EUGENE Torre came up with a huge win with black, turning back long-time nemesis Nigel Short in 41 moves of a Nimzo-Indian Defense to lead the Philippines to a 3-1 victory over England in the eighth round of the Chess Olympiad Wednesday in Istanbul.
Oliver Barbosa played white and also scored a win, defeating Gawain Jones in a marathon 102 moves of a King’s Indian Defense.
Wesley So managed to get half a point while playing black, drawing his match with Michael Adams in 51 moves of a Caro-Kann.
Mark Paragua split the point with Nicholas Pert after 37 moves of a Slav Defense.
The 35th-ranked Philippines moved from 10th place to sixth and will next take on sixth seed China, which drew with No. 7 Azerbaijan.
Torre earlier downed Ferenc Berkes to help the Philippines force a draw with fourth seed Hungary in the seventh round.
Top seed Russia beat No. 2 Ukraine 2.5-1.5 and remained on top of the standings followed by China and Armenia.
In the women’s section, the US whipped the Philippines 3.5-.5.
Catherine Perena bowed to Anna Zatonskih, Rulp Ylem Jose was defeated by Irina Krush and Jedara Docena lost to Tataev Abrahamyan.
Janelle Mae Frayna prevented a shutout by halving the point with Rusudan Goletiani.
The Filipinas slipped from 20th to 29th spot.
China is on top followed Russia and France.