GUANGZHOU – The national chess players provided the last medal of the Philippine contingent – a silver – following a .5-3.5 loss to world No. 3 China but the medal was not enough to keep the Philippines at 17th place at the close of the XVI Asian Games.
GM Wesley So drew with GM Wang Yue on the top board to provide the half-point for Team Phl as GM John Paul Gomez took the board 2 assignment and bowed to Wang Hao and GMs Darwin Laylo and Eugene Torre lost to Zhou Jianchao and Ni Hua, respectively.
China’s gold medal win in the team event was its 182nd, one short of the 183 mustered by the Chinese contingent when Beijing hosted the quadrennial event 20 years ago.
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