Pinays bow to Indonesians, settle for 3rd in Asian Chess Cup

The Philippine women's team failed to crack the Indonesia riddle and tumbled out of the Asian Nations Online Chess Cup on Saturday, October 24.

The Filipinas yielded both their semifinal matches to the Indonesians by the same score, 1.5-2.5, and settled for 3rd place.

It was the third straight loss for the Filipinas against the Indonesians, who also beat them, 1.5-2.5, in the preliminaries.

Indonesia, seeded 2nd, arranged a title duel with tournament top seed India, which drubbed Mongolia, 3.5-0.5, and 4-0, in the other semifinal tussle.

In the first match, Indonesia got the marginal point from Woman International Master Chelsie Monica Ignesias Sihite, who bested WIM Bernadette Galas on board 3.

The board 1 encounter between IM Irine Sukandar and Woman GM Janelle May Frayna ended in a draw and so did the games between IM Medina Warda Aulia and WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda on board 2 and WIM Dita Karenza and WIM Kylen Joy Mordido on board 4.

The higher-rated Sukandar and Aulia subdued Frayna and Fronda in the second match while Sihite drew with Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza on board 3. Mordido trounced Karenza for the final score.

Still, it was a strong finish for the Filipinas who were seeded among 38 teams at the start of the online event.

The Filipinos, composed of GMs Mark Paragua, Rogelio Barcenilla and John Paul Gomez and IMs Paulo Bersamina and Haridas Pascua bowed to the Kazakhs twice in their quarterfinals tussle and landed 5th in the Open division. –