Favored GM Short leads Negros Int’l Chess opener

TOP seed English GM Nigel Short beat Women’s IM Jan Jodilyn Fronda in 37 moves in Nimzowitch defense to win in the opener of the 2017 Negros International Open Chess Championship at the Osbron Hall in Ikthus, Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

No. 2 seed GM Karen Grigoryan of Armenia settled for a draw against Filipino NM John Marvin Miciano in 25 moves on Pirc defense Austrian variation.

Vietnam GM Nguyen Doc Hoa defeated Kevin Mirano in 84 moves of Gruendfeld defense in Day-1 of the tournament.

Seeded No.14 NM Merben Roque went up in the ranking after beating fellow Filipino NM Rustum Tolentino.

As of this posting Thursday, NM Roque is paired with No. 3 seed Vietnamese GM Tuan Minh Tran who ruled over Xavier Verdun.

This international open chess event offers a total cash prize close to US$14,000 and as much as P90,000 in the Challenger's Cup.

Champions in their respective categories will go home with $3,000 and P25,000 including a trophy and medal each.

The A&V Negros Chess Club Inc.-organized the tournament, in cooperation with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines under the auspices of Fide, was able to gather 17 titled chess players including seven GMs, six IMs, two WIMs, and two FMs.

Tournament director is Jose Dante Albao with Leo Romitman as assistant tournament director and International Arbiter Gene Poliarco as chief arbiter. (HGD)