Upsets marked the third round of the 2015 Battle of the Grandmasters-National Chess Championships, Open Division, held Sunday at the PSC National Athletes’ Dining Hall inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., Malate, Manila.
Woman International Master Janelle Mae Frayna, a student of FEU, dealt defending champion Grandmaster Eugene Torre his first loss after 60 moves of a Catalan Opening while International Master Haridas Pascua, employing the Sicilian Defense, also dealt Grandmaster Joey Antonio his first loss in the tournament after 53 moves.
Both tied for the lead with Grandmaster Richard Bitoon, who defeated International Master Paulo Bersamina in 77 moves of a Reti Opening and National Master Jerad Docena who split the point with Grandmaster Darwin Laylo after 63 moves of a King’s Indian Defense.
WIM Frayna, IM Pascua, GM Bitoon and NM Docena have four points in three rounds of play using the unique Torre-Pichay scoring system of 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, zero for a loss and 1.5-0.5 for a draw by stalemate.
In the Women’s Division, Arvie Lozano of UP grab the lead with 4 points in two victories after two rounds of play. She defeated Judith Pineda in the first round and Brena Mae Membrere of ADMU in 67 moves of a Queen’s Gambit Accepted in the second round.
High on her heels with 3 points are Woman International Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda of La Salle, defending champion WIM Catherine Pereńa Secopito and Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza of FEU. WIM Fronda had a walkover win against National Master Jean Karen Enriquez, WIM Secopito drew with WFM Marie Antoinette San Diego in 33 moves of a London System and WFM Mendoza beat Judith Pineda in 50 moves of a Benko Gambit.
The tournament is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and supported financially by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).