Singapore GM dooms Torre’s Zonal bid
By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:52 pm | Saturday, May 28th, 2011

TAGAYTAY CITY—Singaporean Grandmaster Zhang Zhong lived up to his lofty billing last night, downing Filipino GM Eugene Torre in the seventh round to boost his title bid in the Asian Zonal Chess Championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Center here.

Unable to prevent the march of Zhang’s two connected pawns against his lone pawn, Torre, who handled black, surrendered after 45 moves of the Scotch opening and lost ground in the nine-round competition staking two two World Cup berths.

Zhang, the tournament’s top seed with an Elo rating of 2592, climbed to 5.0 points in the company of GMs Mark Paragua of the Philippines and Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia, who drew their match.

Pacesetter GM Darwin Laylo (5.0 points) was still locked in a tight battle against Singaporean IM Kevin Goh Wei Ming (4.5 points) at presstime.

Two-time Olympian John Paul Gomez won by default over countryman Fide Master Randy Segarra to catch up with Torre, FM Jan Emmanuel Garcia and GM Antonio Rogelio Jr. and Vietnamese GM Dao Thien Hai at 4.5 points.

Handling black, Antonio, representing HHSG of the Philippine Army, settled for a draw with Dao after 31 moves of a Bogo Indian while Garcia, newly crowned Asian Youth under-16 titlist, held Vietnamese GM Cao Sang to a draw.


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