Russian Grandmaster Boris Savchenko defeated compatriot GM Anton Mozharov in the 6th round to lead solo in the PSC/Puregold International Chess challenge held at the Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel, Subic Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales.
Savchenko made short work of Mozharov in 23 moves of a Sicilian game. He registers 6 points in 6 games of play, one and a half points away from second running GM Lu Shanglei of China and GM Chakkravarthy Deepan of India. Both have 4.5 points output in 6 rounds. GM Lu beat GM Vitaly Sivuk (Ukraine) in 52 moves of a Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense while Deepan demolished IM Oliver Dimakiling in a Trompowsky in 29 moves. Savchenko faces Deepan in round 7 while GM Lu floats down against GM Eugenio Torre, who drew his game with GM Pavel Smirnov (Russia) and has 4 points to show in 6 rounds.
Other decisive games: GM Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vietnam) won over Sander Severino (PHI) in 54 moves French Tarrasch, GM Alexander Zubov (Ukraine) beat IM Emmanuel Senador (PHI) in 30 moves-Tarrasch Defense, IM Rolando Nolte (PHI) lost to GM Anton Shomoev (Russia) 51 moves Classical Ruy Lopez and IM Haridas Pascua (PHI) lost to FM Ahuja Rohan (India) in 40 moves of a King’s Indian unusual lines.
The following games ended in draws: GM Anton Demchenko (Russia) against GM Darwin Laylo (PHI) 59 moves Caro-Kann, GM Vladimir Belous (Russia) against GM Chitambaram Aravindh (India) 55 moves Sicilian Scheveningen, IM Lin Chen (China) against GM Tigran Kotanjian (Armenia) 33 moves Sicilian, IM Joel Pimentel (PHI) versus IM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan (India) 58 moves Colle system, IM Abhimanyu Puranik (India) versus GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. (PHI) 35 moves Pirc Defense and IM Winshand Cuhendi Sean (Indonesia) against 30 moves Scandinavian Defense.
In the Challenger division, Franz Robert Grafil and Erickson Marimla remained undefeated after beating erstwhile co-leaders Sherwin Tiu in a Bogo Indian Catalan and Rolly Parondo in 80 moves of a Reti Opening, respectively. Both have 5 points in 5 games of play. They faces each other in the next round for the lead.
The second international event is organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) with financial assistance from the Philippine Sports Commission headed by the Honorable Ricardo R. Garcia, PSC Chairman and in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee through its President, the Honorable Jose R Cojuangco, Jr.
Major sponsors aside from the PSC are Asia United Bank (AUB), Burlington Performance Socks, MarcVentures Holdings Inc. and MarcVentures Mining and Development Corporation.