Paragua takes lead in PSC Chess Cup-A A +A
Thursday, January 17, 2013
MARK PARAGUA scored back-to-back wins after beating fellow Grandmaster (GM) Darwin Laylo in Thursday’s fifth round of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Cup International Chess Championships at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
Paragua improved to 5 points in five outings, to remain on top in the nine round tournament that offers $30,000.
“Mahirap y’ung laro pero pinilit ko talagang manalo,” said Paragua, who defeated Mongolian FM Gombosuren Munkhgal in the fourth round.
FM Haridas Pascua nipped FM Randy Segarra to score 4.5 points for solo second place.
Top seed Russian Super GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov (2612) beat Edsel Montoya to create a four-way tie with three other players. Rakhmanov tallied 4.0 points, the same output of Mongolian GM elect Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa, IM Rolando Nolte and FM Hamed Nouri.
Gundavaa beat NM Rustum Tolentino, Nolte beat FM David Elorta and FM Hamed Nouri shocked GM John Paul Gomez in the fifth round.
In the sixth round, Paragua was set to play Pascua, while Nolte goes up against Rakhmanov and Gundavaa faces Nouri. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 18, 2013.