Manila Bulletin

PH falls to Aus­tralia

- By KRIS­TEL SA­TUM­BAGA Sports · Philippines · Australia · Nigeria · Iran · Mongolia

The Philip­pines yielded to neme­sis Aus­tralia, 3-1, Fri­day but re­mained in quar­ter­fi­nal con­tention af­ter eight rounds in the men’s side of the Asian Na­tions On­line Chess Cup.

Grand­mas­ter Mark Paragua averted a shutout by carv­ing out a win over GM An­ton Smirnov on Board 1, while GM John Paul Gomez and In­ter­na­tional Masters Hari­das Pas­cua and Paulo Ber­sam­ina all fell by the way­side.

Gomez was the first to suc­cumb at the ex­pense of GM Max Illing­worth on Board 3 fol­lowed by Pas­cua and Ber­sam­ina to GMs Te­mur Kuy­bokarov and Moulthun Ly on Boards 2 and 4, re­spec­tively.

The de­feat sent the Filipinos from a share of third down to a six-na­tion group at No. 6 with eight match points.

It was a roller-coaster day for the Agila ng Pilip­inas with a fourth-round de­feat against Iran, only to bounce back against Mon­go­lia in the fifth that sent them just a point off the pace.


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