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Short downs Fronda

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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FORMER world championship contender GM Nigel Short of  England  lived  up to his high billing when  he  defeated  World Chess Olympiad veteran   WIM Jan Jodilyn  Fronda at  the  start of  the  2017 Negros International Open  in  Bacolod

Short, who  is best remembered for challenging former world champion Garry Kasparov of  Russia in  London 1993,   outwitted  Fronda in 37 moves of the  Ragozin Defense.

The 52-year-old Short is the top seed in  the tournament with  an ELO of 2698.

The biggest  news, however, was reigning national junior champion  John Marvin Miciano, who  held second seed GM  Karen  Grigoryan of Armenia to a draw.

Miciano, seeded 26th in the  50-player field, survived the attack of Grigoryan on his shaky Pirc defense  and salvaged a draw in 35 moves.

“A perpetual was ominous when a draw was agreed,” said journalist Ignacio Dee in his analysis for  social media group Chess Philippines.
    
“Grigoryan ripped Miciano’s set up with a piece sacrifice that created a passed  pawn and created disorder on black’s position. But the 17-year old FEU high schooler held his position together despite the sharp battle,” addedDee.
    
Miciano and Stephen Rome  Pangilinan, who is also playing in Bacolod,  will join Paulo Bersamina to the  world junior championships scheduled on Nov. 12-26 in Tarvisio, Italy.
    
Third seed GM  Tuan Minh  Tran  of  Vietnam whipped  Xavier John Verdun, No. 4 seed  Srinath Narayanan of India crushed  Rey Jomar Magallanes,  No. 5  Nguyen Duc Hoa of  Vietnam  overwhelmed  Kevin Mirano to  lead the  march of the foreign players.
    
IM Ronald Dableo, the highest-rated  Filipino player  in  the tournament with an ELO of  2419,  outplayed WIM Mari Antoinette San Diego
    
Also hurdling their opening-day matches were No.7 IM Oliver Dimakiling, who beat  Marvin Ting;  No. 9 GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. who dumped  Jagadeesh   Siddharth of India;    No.10 IM Kim Steven Yap, who downed  Michael Concio, Jr.; No. 11 IM Tran Minh Thang of Vietnam, who  outclassed Mark Mangubat; No. 12 IM Chito Garma,who  bested  Eden Tumbos; No. 13   David Elorta, who  stopped John Velarde.
    
No. 8 GM Darwin Laylo was held to a draw by  little-known  Roizon Roullo.
    
A total of six countries, including host Phlippines, are represented in the nine-round Swiss competition   organized  by the Bacolod Chess Club and  sanctioned  by  the National Chess Federation  of the Philippines (NCFP).
    
Aside from the  Philippines, the other countries represented are  England, Myanmar, Vietnam, India and Singapore.