GRANDMASTERS Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua struck with the white pieces to lift the Philippines past Iceland, 3-1, in the 40th World Chess Olympiad Saturday night at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Barbosa was quality-up when GM Henrik Danielsen resigned after 35 moves of Bogo-Indian while Paragua outmaneuvered International Master Dagur Arngrimmson in their rook and pawn endgame to complete the country’s fourth win in five rounds.
GMs Wesley So and Eugene Torre drew with GMs Hannes Stefansson and Throstur Thorhallsson on boards 1 and 3, respectively.
In the distaff side, Woman International Master Catherine Perena and Woman National Master Jedara Docena stunned their more accomplished foes using the black pieces to secure the country’s 3-1 romp over South Africa.
Perena downed Woman Grandmaster Melissa Greef of South Africa on board 1 while Docena toppled WIM Denise Frick on board 3.
WNM Janelle Mae Frayna settled for a draw against WIM Cecile Van Der Merwe on board 2 while WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda halved the point with Woman FIDE Master Tshepang Tlale on board 4.
It was third consecutive match win by the women’s team and fourth in five rounds overall. Noli Cruz