Manila Bulletin

Marticio slips from top spot

- By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

Woman National Master Jersey Marticio lost her hold of leadership after eight rounds in the FIDE Online Rapid World Cup Cadets & Youth Girls 14U Sunday.

Marticio yielded to second seed Woman FIDE Master Alexandra Shvedova of Russia in the seventh round, and then bounced back with an eighth-round victory over Angola’s Jemima Paulo in 41 moves of an English Opening, double fianchetto variation.

Her performanc­es put her at seven points for a share of second place with WFM Agnes Chong of

Malaysia, just half a point behind solo leader Shvedova.

April Joy Claros trailed behind at 6 points following back-toback defeats over Jenny Zhu of the United States and Wendy Huang of the Netherland­s, while Ruelle Canino slightly improved to 5.5 points after a seventh-round win over Vietnam’s Nguyen Ngoc Hien and an eighth-round defeat to another Vietnamese in Nguyen Linh Dan.

In Open 14U, Wayne Ruiz subdued Nagare Kaivalya Sandip of India and Eric Ning of Canada for a share of seventh to 22nd places with 6 points.

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