Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa sat in third place after three rounds Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s 11th Asian Continental Individual Chess championships by cracking Chinese Yu Ruiyuan.
An early report from IM Marlon Bernardino said the Philippine chess team’s campaign in Vietnam is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by its chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Barbosa garnered a score of 2.5 points to match the score sheet of GMs Ding Liren and Zhao Jun, GM Susanto Megaranto and FM Anjas Novita of Indonesia, GM Sethuraman S P of India and IM Nguyen Van Huy of host Vietnam.
China’s GMs Yu Yangyi and IM Liu Qingnan beat GM John Paul Gomez of the Philippines while Lu toppled IM Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa of Mongolia to stay together on top with three points.
Other Filipino successful players in the qualification tournament for the World Chess Cup had GM Mark Paragua dropping IM Ton That Nhu Tung of Vietnam while IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia destroyed Ferdiman Tersiman of Indonesia.
“Youthful genius GM Wesley So drew with IM Lou Yiping of China; GM Darwin Laylo split the point with GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam and GM Eugene Torre settled for a truce with FM Rudin Hamdani of Indonesia,” said Bernardino.