GM Gomez posts 3rd win in GM tilt

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Grandmaster John Paul Gomez defeated Richard Bitoon to notch his third straight win in the Battle of the Grandmaster Chess Championship at the Philippine Sports Commission Conference Room.


The former La Salle standout won after 35 moves of an Old Indian defense to remain on top of the tournament organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines in cooperation with the PSC and Philippine Olympic Committee.

Twelve-time national open champion Joey Antonio beat International Master Joel Pimentel after 39 moves of a Nimzo-Indian defense to grab the solo second spot with two wins and one draw.

IM Emmanuel Senador posted his first victory after three rounds, beating Fide Master Jony Habla after 34 moves of a Catalan opening. Senador drew with GM Eugene Torre before losing to Gomez by default.

US-based GM Rogelio “Banjo Barcenilla, Jr. drew for the third time in as many matches, this time to National Master Narquinden Reyes after 30 moves of a King’s Indian defense. Manila Bulletin