Nava in upset win

December 13, 2018

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,

The moves:

Round 3

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