COMEBACKING IM Ricky de Guzman and WFM Allaney Jia Doroy provided the worthiest performances of host Philippines with a pair of inspiring victories in the fourth round of the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships
-2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati City.
De Guzman, ever so eager to return to the world stage since his return from the United States, outduelled IM Sumiya Bilguun of Mongolia to climb into a 22-player tie at 10th place with 2.5 points each.
De Guzman, a three-time veteran of the World Chess Olympiad and the 1981 Asian Juniors champion, is the highest-placed Filipino player in the prestigious nine-round competition sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Overall, De Guzman is a full point behind frontrunners GMs Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S.P. Sethueaman of India and GM Wei Yi of China.
De Guzman is half a point ahead of GM Darwin Laylo, IM John Marvin Miciano and IM Roderick Nava, who have two points
Laylo trounced compatriot Edsel Montoya, Miciano downed IM Novendra Priasmoro of Indinesia and Nava lost to top seed FM Wang Hao of China.
Equally impressive was Doroy, who stunned No. 2 IM Gulishkan Nakhbayeva of Kazakhstan to keep the country’s title hopes alive
Doroy, 17, showed she’s stronger than her current FIDE rating of 1972 as she slew a heavily favored Nakhbayeva, who is the second highest rated woodpusher in the women’s division with a rating of 2371, to make a lot of heads turn.
The National University standout thus zoomed into the top 10 as she joined seven others at eighth spot with 2.5 points, or just a full point behind co-leaders WFM Turmunkh Munkhzul of Mongolia, IM Rout Padmini of India and IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen of Vietnam with 3.5 points apiece.
It was Doroy’s third straight solid effort after she also shocked Olympiad veteran WIM Catherine Secopito (2145) and split the point with WFM Li Yunshan (2196) of China.
S. Bilguun (Mongolia) vs. R. de Guzman (Philippines)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.a4 O-O 7.Re1 h6 8.a5 a6 9.h3 Be6 10.Nbd2 Qd7 11.Nf1 Nh7 12.Ne3 Ng5 13.b3 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Nd4 15.Qd1 Bg5 16.c3 Nb5 17.Bb2 c6 18.Bxe6 fxe6 19.Ng4 Qf7 20.Rf1 Qg6 21.Kh1 Rf7 22.Qe2 h5 23.Nh2 c5 24.Rad1 Raf8 25.d4 exd4 26.cxd4 cxd4 27.Bxd4 Rf4 28.Be3 Nc3 29.Qc2 Nxd1 30.Bxf4 Nxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Bxf4 32.Nf1 Rf7 33.Rf3 Be5 34.Nd2 Bf4 35.Qc8+ Rf8 36.Qc3 h4 37.Qd3 Rf7 38.Nc4 Qg5 39.Qf1 Rf6 40.Qe2 Bg3 41.Rxf6 Qxf6 42.Qd1 Qf4 43.Nd2 Qe3 44.Nc4 Qg5 45.Qc2 g6 46.Nd2 Qxa5 47.Qc8+ Kg7 48.Qxb7+ Kh6 49.Nf1 Qa1 50.Qf7 Be5 51.Qf8+ Kg5 52.Qf3 Qe1 53.Qg4+ Kf6 54.Qf3+ Ke7 55.Qd3 a5 56.Kg1 Kf6 57.Qf3+ Kg7 58.Qd3 Kh7 59.Kh1 Qf2 60.Nd2 Qe1+ 61.Nf1 Kg7 62.Kg1 g5 63.Qd2 Qxe4 64.Qxg5+ Kf7 65.Qd2 Qd4+ 66.Qf2+ Ke8 67.Ne3 Bg3 68.Qf3 Bf4 69.Qc6+ Kd8 70.Qa8+ Ke7 71.Qa7+ 0-1
A. Doroy (Philippines) vs. G. NAkjbayeva (Kazakhstan)
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.d4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.O-O e6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Nh4 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Nd7 12.Nf5 exf5 13.gxh5 Nf6 14.e3 Qd7 15.a3 O-O 16.b4 a5 17.Na4 Rad8 18.Nc5 Qc8 19.Bd2 b6 20.Nd3 Qa6 21.Qb1 b5 22.Nc5 Bxc5 23.bxc5 Ne4 24.Qd3 Qb7 25.Rfb1 Rb8 26.Be1 f4 27.Bxe4 dxe4 28.Qxe4 Qd7 29.d5 Qxh3 30.Qxf4 Ne7 31.d6 Nf5 32.f3 Qxh5 33.Rb2 Nxe3 34.Qxe3 Rbe8 35.Qc3 b4 36.axb4 axb4 37.Rxb4 f5 38.Bg3 Kh8 39.Be5 Qg5+ 40.Kf1 Rf7 41.c6 f4 42.d7 Ref8 43.c7 Qg3 44.c8=Q Qh3+ 45.Ke2 Qg2+ 46.Kd1 Qf1+ 47.Kc2 Qe2+ 48.Kb3 1-0