Individual standings after ninth round:
7.5 points—GM Mark Paragua (PHILIPPINES)
7.5 points—GM John Paul Gomez (PHILIPPINES)
7.5 points—GM Oliver Barbosa (PHILIPPINES)
7 points—GM Andrei Deviatkin (Russia)
7 points—GM Evgeny Gleizerov (Russia)
7 points—GM Deepan Chakkravarthy (India)
7 points—IM Rathnakaran K (India)
7 points—IM Vaibhav Suri (India)
7 points— IM Lalith Babu M R (India),
7 points— IM Vishnu Prasanna V (India)
7 points— IM Shyam Nikil P (India)
7 points—IM Nitin S (India)
7 points— IM Kuderinov Kiril (Kazakhstan)
7 points—Ma Qun (China)
FILIPINO Mark Paragua subdued Indian International Master Debashis Das in the ninth round to join countrymen and fellow grandmasters (GMs) John Paul Gomez and Oliver Barbosa to share the lead in the ongoing 10th Parsvnath International Grandmasters Chess Tournament at Ludlow Castle Sports Complex, Civil Lines in New Delhi, India late Saturday.
The Bulacan based Paragua prevails using the advantageous white pieces after 36 moves of Semi-Slav variation.
“Mark showed sheer attacking game with three continues piece sacrifices in the middle of game to garner full point against his Indian rival,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. who is watching the tournament live through the internet.
“We just hope our players will continue to play well in the succeeding rounds,” added Pichay, who is is fully supporting the players’ overseas campaign as part of the Philippine Team preparation for this year’s 38th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey in close cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee.
The Binan, Laguna based Gomez, on the other hand, halved the point with IM Shyam Nikil P of India after 48 moves of a French defense while the Taytay, Rizal ace Barbosa drew with GM Evgeny Gleizerov of Russia after 29 moves of Queen’s Pawn Game.
The triumvirate (Paragua, Gomez and Barbosa) tallied 7.5 points in nine outings, half point ahead over huge group of 7 pointers in the company of GMs Andrei Deviatkin and Evgeny Gleizerov of Russia, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J, IMs Rathnakaran K, Vaibhav Suri, Lalith Babu M R, Vishnu Prasanna V, Shyam Nikil P and Nitin S of India, IM Kuderinov Kiril of Kazakhstan and Ma Qun of China.
Meanwhile, GM Richard Bitoon from Medellin, Cebu toppled Nasir Ali Syed of India to raised his total 5.5 points to share 60th to 91st place.
In the tenth round, Paragua battles compatriot Barbosa in Board 1, Gomez opposite Chakkravarthy J in Board 2 while Bitoon goes up against IM Sahu Sekhar Chandra of India in Board 31.