Garma grabs solo lead at Asian Seniors chessfest
Standings after round 6 (standard chess): 5.5 pts - IM Chito Garma (PH); 5.0 - IM Petronio Roca (PH); 4.5 - NM Cesar Caturla (PH); 4.0 FM Adrian Ros Pacis (PH), GM Eugene Torre (PH), IM Angelo Young (PH), NM Roulzon Roullo (PH), FM Oleg Rinas (Kazakshtan); 3.5 - NM Carlo Lorena (PH), Kuanishbek Jumadullayev (Kazakhstan), NM Stewart Manaog (PH)
TAGAYTAY City — International Master Chito Garma outlasted erstwhile co-leader National Master Cesar Caturla in the sixth round to assume solo leadership in the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championship (standard event) at the Tagaytay International Convention Center late Thursday.
The Tondo, Manila native Garma played superbly to clinch the win over his countryman in the tough 34-player, 10nation and 9-round tournament.
The win enabled Garma to grab the solo lead with 5.5 points, just a half point ahead of his seventh round opponent IM Petronio Roca.
“Sana ma-maintain ko ‘yung momentum,” said Garma who toppled Caturla after 41 moves of a Sicilian Defense Dragon Variation.
Roca, meanwhile, defeated NM Carlo Lorena after 82 moves of a BogoIndian Defense in the sixth round.
With the loss, Caturla dropped to third place with 4.5 points while Lorena was stuck at 3.5 points in a share for ninth to 11th places with Kuanishbek Jumadullayev of Kazakhstan and NM Stewart Manaog.
Defending champion and tournament top seed Grandmaster Eugene Torre drew with Fide Master Oleg Rinas of Kazakhstan after 54 moves of a Ruy Lopez Opening to raise his total score at 4.0 points, the same output as Rinas, IM Angelo Young, FM Adrian Ros Pacis and NM Roulzon Roullo. — Marlon Bernardino