VETERAN IM Ricky de Guzman continued his strong showing when he battled No. 24 seed GM Zhongyi Tan of China to a draw in the sixth round of the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships-2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati
De Guzman, one of the more-experienced Filipino players in the field, held the higher-rated Chinese player (ELO 2508) to a standoff despite playing the disadvantageous black pieces.
The draw enabled the 4 6th- seeded De Guzman to lead a 10-player group with three points, 1.5 points behind top seed GM Wang Hao of China and seven other players with 4.5 points.
De Guzman is joined by GM John Paul Gomez, who also split the point with No. 2 GM Tuan Minh Tran of Vietnam; GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. who crushed compatriot Edel Montoya; and FM Mari Joseph Turqueza, who trounced UM Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
IM Oliver DImakiling won over Adelard Bai of Tai[ei and IM Paulo Bersamina drew his match against Qi Chen of China
It was another bad day for the rest of the Filipino players seeing action in this nine-round competition sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Losing their matches were IM Haridas Pascua, GM Darwin Laylo, IM John Marvin Miciano, IM Daniel Quizon, and FM Alekhine Nouri.
Earlier, WFM Allaney Jia Doroy halved the point with WIM Dewi Ardhiani Citra of Indonesia to remain in the top 10 after five rounds in the women’s division.
The 17-year-old Doroy hiked her total to three points, which was good enough for her to keep a share of 10th spot with six other wood pushers.