Yap leads Tagaytay over Iraq in Asian Chess championships

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


IN WHAT was supposed to be their rest day, the Philippines’ Tagaytay Chess Club scored 3.0 points over the Iraq Communications Sport Club to improve its standings in the 2014 Asian Club Team Champions League in Al Ain, United Araba Emirates.

The match was supposed to be held last Sunday yet but due to the late arrival of the Iraqi squad, Cebuano IM Kim Steven Yap, IM Roland Nolte and FMs Haridas Pascua and Mari Joseph Turqueza had to forego of their day-off to take on the Iraqis yesterday.

Yap, who played in Board 2, scored his third win by beating IM A.H. Al-Ali Noah and Nolte picked his first win in the tournament as a Board 1 player after beating IM A.I Sarsam Saad. Pascua and Turqueza drew with their FMs Ali Layth Ahmed Ahmed and Ghazi Al-Saadi Ali, respectively.

The victories came at the heels of a four-way draw in Round 4 against the Shanghai Chess club of China last Tuesday evening.

Nolte drew with GM Jianchao Zhou, Yap with Yiping Lou, IM Emmanuel Senador with WGM Xiaowen Zhang and FM Turqueza with CM Yi Xu.

Yap played the black pieces and opened with a positional pawn sacrifice of the Alapin defense to defeat Noah in 30 moves. He also used a pawn sacrifice on his Grunfeld opening against Lou before the match was declared a draw after 30 moves.

After four rounds, the Philippines is at third place with 9.5 points, 3.0 points behind current leader Pertroleum Sports Promotional Board (PSPB) of India which has 12.5. Tokkata is second with 12.0 points, while the Shanghai Chess Club also has 9.5 points.

The Tagaytay Chess Club was set to face host club Al Ain Chess Club of UAE at press time last night. Al Ain trails Tagaytay by half a point.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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