The Philippine men’s and women’s teams overpowered Monaco and Angola with similar 3.5-0.5 scores in the fourth round of the 44th World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India Monday night.

Darwin Laylo

Grandmasters John Paul Gomez and Darwin Laylo, and International Master Paulo Bersamina delivered the victories while GM Banjo Barcenilla settled for a draw to hike the team’s standings for a share of 18th place with six points.

Gomez bested Jarl Johan Ribbegren, Laylo thumped FIDE Master Patrice Verdier and Bersamina defeated FM Patrick Van Hoolandt, while Barcenilla split the point with Woman Grandmaster Tatiana Dornbusch.

In the women’s side, WGM Janelle Frayna and Woman International Masters Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Marie Antoinette San Diego edged their rivals even as WIM Kylen Joy Mordido agreed to a draw with Renelsa Marie Antonio on board four.

Frayna trounced WIM Esperanca Caxita, Fronda whipped Woman FIDE Master Ednasia Junior and San Diego walloped WFM Luzia Pires.

The victory improved the team to six points for a share of 12th place.

Up next for the women’s team would be Netherlands, who is coming off a 3.5-0.5 loss to Poland, while the men’s team clashes with higher ranked Sweden, a 3.5-0.5 winner over South Africa.

Source: Manila Bulletin (