INTERNATIONAL Master Roderick Nava made short work of IM Novendra Priasmoro of Indonesia to emerge as the highest-placed Filipino player after three rounds in the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships-2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati.
Nava, seeded only 44th in the 64-player field with an ELO of 2392, bested the higher-rated Indonesian player in only 29 moves of the Kings Indian to climb into a share of 13th to 23rd places with two points
The 33-year-old campaigner from Dasmarinas, Cavite, who was awarded his IM title during the 84th FIDE Congress in Tallinn, Estonia lost to GM Alireza Firouzja of Iran in the first round and won over Randoph Schain of Cambodia the following round.
Twelve players, led by No. 2 seed GM Wei Yi of China and No. 6 GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran, share the lead with 2.5 points out of a possible three.
Wei settled for a draw with fellow GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly of India, while Maghsoodloo whipped IM Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam.
IM Haridas Pascua split the point with No. 4 GM Santosh Gujrathi Vidit of India to lead a big group of players with 1.5 points.
Pascua’s 1.5-point total is good for a share of 24th place with a big group that included compartriots GM Rogelio Antonio Jr., IMs Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Ricky de Guzman, FM Mari Joseph Turqueza and Michael Concio, Jr.
Antonio trounced FM Alekhine Nouri, Garcia halved the point with IM Sumiya Bilguun of Mongolia, De Guzman drew with GM Shamsiddin Vpkhidov of Uzbekistan, Turqueza outplayed Jerad Docena and Concio split the point with FM Yosef Taher of Indonesia.
Newly-crowned Asian Sneiors champion IM Chito Garma dumped FM Daniel Gong of New Zealand to barge into the win column after two losses.
CM John Merill Jacutina also held GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran to a draw.
IM Paulo Bersamina fell to No. 15 GM Amen Tabatabaei of Iran, IMOliver DImakiling succumbed to IM Xu Yi of China, IM Daniel Quizon stumbled to IM Liu Yan of China,
R. Nava (Philippines) vs. N. Priasmoro (Indonesia)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.h3 O-O 6.Be3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Bd3 exd5 9.exd5 Na6 10.Nf3 Nc7 11.a4 Rb8 12.O-O a6 13.a5 b5 14.axb6 Rxb6 15.Qd2 Bd7 16.Bh6 Bxh6 17.Qxh6 Rxb2 18.Ng5 Bf5 19.Bxf5 gxf5 20.Nd1 Re2 21.Ne3 Nce8 22.Nxf5 Qd7 23.Ng3 Re5 24.Ra3 Qe7 25.f4 Rxg5 26.fxg5 Nd7 27.Nf5 Qe2 28.Re3 Qb2 29.Re4 1-0