THE Philippines swept Sri Lanka in their two-game quarterfinal showdown in the Asian Nations Cup 20202 women’s online chess championship on Friday.
Bannered by WGM Janelle Mae Frayna and national champion WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda, the Filipinas defeated No. 7 seed Sri Lanka, 3.5.-.5 in the first round.
The Filipinas completed the win with another dominant 3.5-.5 triumph over the Sri Lankans in the second round.
With the win, the Philippines will meet Southeast Asian rival Indonesia in the semis.
The Indonesians earned the right to meet the Philippines by eliminating third seed Iran in another thrilling quarterfinal duel..
The other semifinal will pit top seed India, which defeated Kyrgyzstan; and Mongolia. which edged Vietnam.
The semifinals will be played Saturday.
Frayna led the Filipinas’ assault by sweeping M. Tharushi Sandeepani at the top board.
Equally impressive was Fronda, who crushed Ashvini Pavalachandran in their board two encounter.
Kylen Joy Mordido defeated WIM S.D. Ranasinghe in the first round and settled for a draw against the same player the following round.
Also winning for the GM Jayson Gonzales-coached Philippine team is Shania Mae Mendoza, who subdued T. H. D. Niklesha Tharushi.
It was a different story in the men’s division, however.
The GM Mark Paragua-led Philippine team bowed out of contention following back-to-back losses to Kazakhstan.
The Filipinos were swept by the Kazakhs in all their four games in the first round, with Paragua, GM Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr., IM Paulo Bersamina and IM Haridas Pascua dropping their matches.
In the second round, the Filipinos dropped a 1-3 decision with Barcenilla and GM John Paul Gomez escaping with hard-earnd draws on boards two and four, respectively.
The United States-based Barcenilla split the point with GM Rustam Khusnutdinov.
Gomez, who did not play in the first round, agreed to a draw with IM Denis Makhnev on board four.
It was a sorry setback for the Filipinos, who defeated the Kazakhs, 2.5-1.5, in their preliminary round encounter.
The men’s semis will now pit top seed Iran against No. 4 seed Australia and No. 6 India against No. 7 Kazakahstan on Saturday.
M. Sandeepan (Sri lanka) vs. J. Frayna (Philippines)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Be2 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bb3 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 Bb7 11.e4 b4 12.Na4 c5 13.d5 exd5 14.exd5 Bd6 15.Be3 Re8 16.Rc1 Rc8 17.h3 h6 18.Nh4 Bf8 19.Nf3 Ne4 20.Nd2 Ndf6 21.Nxe4 Nxe4 22.f3 Nf6 23.Kh1 Bxd5 24.Bxd5 Qxd5 25.Qxd5 Nxd5 26.Bf2 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Nf4 28.Re4 Ne6 29.Rc4 Bd6 30.Be1 Rc7 31.Kg1 Kf8 32.Bf2 Ke7 33.b3 Kd7 34.Kf1 Kc6 35.Nb2 Kb5 36.Nd3 a5 37.Ke2 a4 38.g3 axb3 39.axb3 f5 40.f4 g5 41.Kf3 Re7 42.Be3 Rg7 43.Bf2 Rg8 44.Be3 Ra8 45.Bf2 Ra3 46.Nc1 gxf4 47.g4 fxg4+ 48.hxg4 Ng5+ 49.Kg2 Ra8 50.Nd3 f3+ 51.Kg1 Ra1+ 52.Ne1 Rb1 53.Kf1 Rxb3 54.Rc2 c4 55.Bh4 Ne4 56.Bf2 Bf4 57.Ra2 Rb1 58.Ra7 Bd2 59.Rb7+ Kc6 60.Rb6+ Kd5 61.Rb5+ Ke6 62.Rb6+ Kf7 63.Rb7+ Kg6 64.Rb6+ Kg5 65.Re6 Nxf2 66.Kxf2 Bxe1+ 67.Kxf3 c3 68.Re5+ Kg6 69.Re6+ Kf7 70.Rxh6 c2 71.Rc6 c1=Q 72.Rxc1 Rxc1 73.Ke2 b3 74.g5 b2 75.g6+ Kg7 76.Kd3 b1=Q+ 77.Kd4 Qb4+ 78.Ke5 Rc5+ 79.Ke6 Qb6+ 80.Ke7 Rc7+ 81.Ke8 Qb8# 0-1
J. Fronda (Philippines) vs. A. Pavalachandran (Sri LAnka)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Qa4 Bg7 7.e5 Ng8 8.Bf4 Nh6 9.h3 O-O 10.Bc4 Qb6 11.Bb3 Qc5 12.Be3 Qa5 13.Qxa5 Nxa5 14.Nd5 Nc6 15.O-O-O b6 16.g4 Rb8 17.Rhe1 Re8 18.Bg5 Bf8 19.Ba4 Bb7 20.Nd4 Kg7 21.Bxc6 dxc6 22.Nc7 Rec8 23.Nce6+ fxe6 24.Nxe6+ Kg8 25.Nxf8 Rxf8 26.Bxh6 Rxf2 27.Rd7 Rf7 28.e6 Rf2 29.Red1 Re8 30.Rxb7 Rf6 31.Rxe7 1-0