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Monday, June 01, 2009

Dethroned Subic champ Gonzales settles for 12th

Dethroned champion GM Jayson Gonzales of the Philippines salvaged a measure of pride by beating IM Zhang Ziyang of China to end the 2009 Subic Open International Chess Tournament on a winning note.

The triumph hiked Gonzales' output to 5.5 points after nine rounds, good for a tie of 12th place overall.

The Filipino woodpusher finished one and a half point behind eventual champ second seed GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran and one point behind newly-crowned Asian Continental individual champion GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly of India and six other foreign players.

Maghami halved the point with GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh to clinch the title with seven points.

Ganguly, for his part, bested compatriot GM Chakkravarthy Deepan to finish in a tie for second to eighth places with 6.5 points.

Three other Filipino campaigners – IM Richard Bitoon, IM Julio Catalino Sadorra and GM Mark Paragua – finished with the same record as Gonzales in this tough tournament participated in by 74 players from 10 countries.

Bitoon, the highest-placed Filipino player after the penultimate eighth round, lost to fifth seed GM Abhijeet Gupta of India while Sadorra settled for a draw with CM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam and Paragua agreed to split the point with untitled Yu Yangyi of China.

It was also a bad day for GM Darwin Laylo, who yielded to IM Jayaram Ashwin of India, and IM Oliver Dimakiling, who bowed to third seed GM Parimarjan Negi of India.

Alex Milagrosa toppled GM Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh, Efren Bagamasbad outplayed Wang Li of China, IM Rolando Nolte crushed Jony Habla and GM Bong Villamayor trounced FM Randy Segarra to finish in a tie for 23rd to 33rd places with five points. - GMANews.TV

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