Garma, Roca still 1-2 in se­niors chess­fest

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TA­GAY­TAY City – Two-time Olympian Chito Garma set­tled for a quick draw with IM Petro­nio Roca even as de­fend­ing cham­pion GM Eu­gene Torre bounced back into con­tention in the sev­enth round of the 9th Asian Se­niors Chess Cham­pi­onship at the Ta­gay­tay In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter here Fri­day. Garma, who played white, and Roca split the point af­ter only 22 moves to keep their 1-2 po­si­tions with six and 5.5 points, re­spec­tively, in the 34-player, nine-na­tion tour­na­ment or­ga­nized by the Asian Chess Fed­er­a­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with the Na­tional Chess Fed­er­a­tion of the Philip­pines (NCFP) and Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC). Torre sub­dued FM Adrian Pacis to keep his ti­tle-re­ten­tion bid alive with five points on four wins, two draws and only one loss. The 67-year-old Filipino cham­pion, who lost to Garma in the fifth round and drew with No. 2 seed FM Oleg Ri­nas of Kaza­khstan the fol­low­ing round, is a full point be­hind Garma with two rounds re­main­ing.

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