LOSSES by Asiad Youth 18-under champion IM John Marvin Miciano and Asian Schools double gold medalist WFM Allaney Jia Doroy in the 10th and penultimate round added to their misery in the 2018 FIDE World Juniors and Girls 20-under chess championships at the Ramada Plaza Airport Hotel in Gebze, Turkey.
Miciano fell to No. 121 seed FM Kevin Noboa of Ecuador in the boys division while Doroy succumbed to No. 57 WFM Anna Bellon Cramling of Sweden in the girls category in a pair of setbacks as disheartening as the situation back home in typhoon Ompong-ravaged Manila.
Both Miciano and Doroy are too far behind in the overall standings with only one round left in the 11-round competition being held in the tourist-friendly Turkish province located 65 km southeast of Istanbul.
Miciano is stranded with four points on three wins, two draws and five losses.
The 18-year-old campaigner from Far Eastern University is currently in 120th place in the 150-player tournament which attracted 59 countries.
Doroy is slightly better with 4.5 points on four wins, one draw and five losses, good for 65th place in the 98-player field.
Final-round matches will pit Miciano against IM David Silva of Angola and Doroy against untitled Du Yuxin of China.
Coach NM Cesar Caturla hopes Miciano and Doroy will close out their campaign in style.
Supporting the Filipinos' campaign are the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), led by President/Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Atty. Cliburn Orbe and Red Dumuk.
Also backing Miciano are ICTSI Foundation, PAGCOR under Chairman Andrea Domingo and Jimmy Bondoc and Far Eastern University thru Anton Montinola and GM Jayson Gonzales.