THREE-TIME UAAP “Best Player” awardee WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda made it three wins in a row to emerge as the best female performer of host Philippines after the sixth round of the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships-2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati.
Buoyed by back-to-back victories over Wang Ying of New Zealand and compatriot Christy Lamiel Bernales in the previous two rounds, Fronda trounced WFM Aashna Makhija of India to vault into a seven-player tie for 11th place with 3.5 points on three wins, one draw and two losses.
The 24-year-old graduate of La Salle lost her first two matches against No. 5 WGM Warda Medina Aulia and No. 35 WFM Dita Karenza both of Indonesia, before drawing with compatriot Jerly Mae San Diego in the third round.
Overall, Fronda is a full two points behind solo leader IM Rout Padmini of India (5.5/6) and a full point behind top seed WUM Jiner Zhu of China (4.5/6) with three rounds left in this event sanctioned by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by president Prospero “Butch” Pichay and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), led by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
Fronda’s three-gane winning streak, however, enabled her to become the highest scoring Filipina so far as she is half a point ahead of WFM Allaney Jia Doroy, WGM Janelle Mae Frayna and WFM Shania Mae Mendoza.
Doroy’s fairy tale run came to an abrupt end following a stinging defeat to WIM Gu Tianlu of China.
Doroy, the 17-year-old standout from National University standout, made heads turn after scoring three points in her last four games highlighted by a shock triumph over No. 2 IM Gulishkan Nakhbayeva of Kazakhstan in the fourth round Thursday.
Frayna, the country’s highest-rated female player, bounced back into contention with an emphatic win over WFM Aay Aisyah Anisa of Indonesia.
Mendoza, an Olympiad veteran who is playing for Far Eastern University, boosted her chances by trouncing Sivanesan Nithyalakshmi of Malaysia.
GMs John Paul Gomez and Rogelio Antonio Jr., IM Ricky de Guzman and FM Mari Joseph Turqueza came through with different results to lead the country’s campaign in the men’s section.
Gomez split the point with GM Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam; Antonio turned back Edsel Montoya; De Guzman drew with GM Tan Zhongyi of China; and Turqueza stunned IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
A. Makhija (India) vs. J. Fronda (Philippines)
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3 Bg4 6.f3 Bd77.Bd2 Qe5+ 8.Nge2 e6 9.d4 Qd6 10.. Be7 11.Bf4 Qb612.Qd2 Nc6 13.Be3 Nb4 14.Bf2 Nbd5 15.Ne4 0-0 16.Bb3Nxe4 17.fxe4 Nf6 18.Qf4 c5 19.c3 a5 20.e5 Nd5 21.Qg4 Rad822.Ng3 a4 23.Nh5 g6 24.Bxd5 exd5 25.Qg3 Kh8 26.dxc5 Qxb227.Rab1 Qe2 28.Nf6 Bxf6 29.exf6 Bc6 30.Qh4 d4 31.cxd4 g532.Qg3 Qxa2 33.Ra1 Qd5 34.Rae1 Rde8 35.Be3 Rg8 36.Qh3a3 37.Rf5 Qe6 38.Bf2 a2 39.Rfe5 Qxf6 40.Qa3 Ra8 41.Qb2Rge8 42.Bg3 Qg7 43.Qxa2 f6 44.Rxe8+ Rxe8 45.Rxe8+ Bxe846.Qe6 Qf7 47.Qd6 Bc6 48.h3 Kg7 49.Bf2 h5 50.Qg3 Qd551.h4 Kg6 52.Be3 Qe4 53.hxg5 h4 54.Qf2 fxg5 55.Kf1 Qb1+56.Ke2 Qc2+ 57.Ke1 Qb1+ 58.Kd2 Qe4 59.Kc3 Qxg2 60.Qf8Qd5 61.Qc8 Bd7 62.Qc7 h3 63.Qg3 Be6 64.Kd2 h2 0-1