ASIAN Youth 18-under champion IM John Marvin Miciano returns to action against No. 113 seed FM Tamas Vanczak of Hungary in the sixth round of the 2018 FIDE World Juniors 20-under chess championships at the Ramada Plaza Istanbul Airport Hotel in Kocaeli-Gebze, Turkey.
Miciano, seeded 69th in the 150-player field with an ELO of 2374, hopes to add to his score of 2.5 points when he plays white against the lower-rated Vanczak.
The 18-year-old Filipino champion from Davao has two wins against lower-ranked opponents, one draw and two losses against higher-rated rivals.
Asian Schools Chess Championships double gold medalist WFM Allaney Jia Doroy also looks to get something going when she meets No. 86 WIM Esperanca Caxita of Angola in the sixth round.
Doroy, seeded 75th in the 97-player field with an ELO of 1914, has 1/5 points on one win, one draw and three losses.
Doroy’s lone victory came against No. 92 seed Sofie Huttl of Belarus in the third round.
NM Cesar Caturla, who serves as coach-trainer of the three-man Filipino delegation , hopes the one-day break will enable both Miciano and Doroy to re-charge going into the second half of the 11-round competition being held in the busy Kocaeli district situated 65 km (30 mi) southeast of Istanbul.
The Filipinos' best performance in the World Juniors Chess Championships was third place overall by the United States-based GM Rogelio Barcenilla in Mamaia, Romania in 1991.
Aside from Barcenilla, the only other Filipino player who made a mark in the World Juniors was GM Nelson Mariano, who wound up in a tie for third to seventh places during the 1994 edition n Matinhos, Brazil.
Mariano wound up fifth after the tiebreak.
The Filipinos’ two-week long campaign is supported by 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 Chairman Aurelio Montinola and GM Jayson Gonzales.