[2016 World Chess Olympiad] Pinay woodpushers upset Georgia


MANILA–The 46th-seeded Philippine women’s chess team upset fourth seed Georgia 2.5-1.5 in the second round of the 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Filipinas (average ELO rating: 2148) leaned on wins by Board 2 Woman International Master Jodilyn Fronda and Board-4 Woman IM Catherine Bernales-Secopito to shock Georgia which carries an average ELO rating of 2470.

Woman Grandmaster Candidate Janelle Frayna drew with GM Nana Djagnidze on Board 1.

Fronda (2128 ELO Rating) shrugged off the 2474 rating of GM Bela Khotanesvili with a big win on Board 2. But as National Master Christy Bernales yielded to IM Nno Batsiashvili on Board 3 , IM Secopito handed the surprise victory for the Philippines in thrashing IM Melia Salome on Board 4.

Going into the 3rd round against fifth seed India , the inspired Filipinas stand in 29th place among 142 teams with 6.5 points.

Five countries led by top seed China are on top of the leaderboard with perfect 8-points apiece.

The 53rd-seeded Philippine men’s team, however, bowed to 39th seed Paraguay, 1.5-2.5.

Ageless GM Eugene Torre scored the only win when he outwitted fellow GM Jose Fernando Cubas on Board 3.

The men’s team, now in 50th place with 5.5 points, shall face 87th ranked Nigeria in the third round.

Top seed Russia and host Azerbaijan-Team A tow six other countries atop the standings at 8 points each.



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