Makati City, Philippines –Woman FIDE Master Allaney Jia G. Doroy (ELO 1972) suffered a stinging defeat in Saturday’s sixth round to drop out of the top ten in the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships (2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup) at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati.
Woman International Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda (ELO 2139) toppled WFM Aashna Makhija (ELO 2181) of India to gatecrash into a 7-player tie at 11th place with 3.5 points each.
IM Rout Padmini (ELO 2345) of India trounced WGM Qianyun Gong (ELO 2312) of Singapore to remain on top with 5.5 points while WIM Jiner Zhu (ELO 2409) of China nipped WGM Thi Bao Tram Hoang (ELO 2314) of Vietnam to claim the solo second place with 4.5 points.
The 33th seed Doroy, one of the top players of National University (NU) Team Manager Samson Go yielded to 16th seed Woman International Master Tianlu Gu (ELO 2231) of China.
With the setback, Doroy remains at 3.0 points and was dropped into a tie for 18th to 23rd place in the company of compatriots WGM Janelle Mae Frayna (ELO 2228) and WFM Shania Mae Mendoza (ELO 2165).
The win improved Gu’s total to 4.0 points, to climbed at 3rd to 10th place.
IM Ricardo De Guzman (ELO 2357) halved the point with GM Zhongyi Tan (ELO 2508) to raise his total 3.0 points in the men’s division, the same output of compatriots GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. (ELO 2431), GM John Paul Gomez (ELO 2450) and FM Mari Joseph Turqueza (ELO 2305).
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (ELO 2701) of India defeated overnight solo leader GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly (ELO 2621) of India to create an eight way-tie for first place with 4.5 points each in the company of Ganguly,GM Wei Yi (ELO 2728) of China, GM S. P. Sethuraman (ELO 2664) of India, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (ELO 2546) of Uzbekistan, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (ELO 2641) of Vietnam, GM Amin Tabatabaei (ELO 2587) of Iran and top seed GM Wang Hao (2730) of China.
Vince Angelo Medina (elo 2137), meanwhile goes up against Alexis Emil Maribao (elo 2053) in the seventh round of the challenger’s section. Medina, former National University mainstay of team manager Samson Go defeated National Master Carlo Magno Rosaupan in the sixth round. It was Medina’s 6th straight wins in as many rounds to remain on top.