MANILA, Philippines — Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) silver medalist Grandmaster (GM) John Paul Gomez finished in a tie for second at the conclusion of 4th Chennai Open 2012 International Grandmaster Chess Tournament in India on Thursday.
The Binan, Laguna native Gomez defeated Ma Qun of China after 41 moves of French defense to post a final score of 8.5 points on 8 wins, 2 loses and a draw in 11 games.
Also with 8.5 points are top seed GM Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus, GM Marat Dzhumaev and GM Martyn Kravtsiv of Ukraine and International Master (IM) Kore Akshayraj of India.
In the final round, GM Oliver Barbosa split the point with Aleksandrov, while GM Mark Paragua toppled IM Praveen Kumar of India. GM Richard Bitoon also defeated Phoobalan P of India.
Barbosa finished the tournament with 8 points. Bitoon and Paragua each had 7.5 points. – By Marlon Bernardino