Sadorra remains unbeaten in Asian Chess
MANILA, Philippines – US-based Filipino Grand Master (GM) Julio Catalino Sadorra notched his third straight victory on Monday in the $100,000 Manny Pacquiao Cup/Asian Continental Chess Championship in Pasay City.
Sadorra defeated Chinese International Master (IM) Wang Chen and forged a fourth-round showdown with Qatari GM Mohammed Al-Sayed.
Sadorra, seeded ninth in the 76-player field, prevailed after 30 moves of French defense, King’s Indian attack variation using the black pieces.
Meanwhile, the 26th-seeded Al-Sayed upset fifth-seeded GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam after 45 moves of Slav defense.
The nine-round Swiss system tournament is held under the auspices of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, the Asian Chess Federation and the FIDE.
Top-seeded GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, GM Li Chao of China, GM Baskaran Adhiban of India, GMs Mark Paragua, John Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo and Richard Bitoon of the Philippines were tied at third to 10th places with 2.5 points each.
Le, the highest rated player in the tournament, split the point with Gomez after 46 moves of Gruenfeld defense, while Li stopped the winning run of untitled player Emmanuel Emperado after 31 moves of Catalan opening.
At stake in the men’s division is a total cash prize of $100,000, as well as five slots to the 2013 World Chess Cup in Tromso, Norway.
In the women’s division, IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul of Mongolia defeated GM Nafisa Muminova of Uzbekistan, and IM Zhai Mo of China edged National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda of the Philippines to create a six-way tie for first place.
GMs Huan Qian and Guo Qi of China, GM Mary Ann Gomes of India, and IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen are all still sharing the top spot after tallying 2.5 points each.
The women are battling for a lone slot to the 2014 Women’s World Championship. — By Marlon Bernardino