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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three in joint lead at Asian Zonal Chess Championship

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Dateline Tagaytay City where Asia's first Grandmaster Eugene Torre, 59, has joined the leaders after four rounds with three straight wins. He beat Indonesian IM Halay Taufik in the Asian Zonal Chess Championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Center here to share the lead with Filipino Grandmaster Mark Paragua and Vietnamese GM Nguyen Anh Dung. “I was able to control the G-file and launch an attack,” said Torre, who was quality up with a rook and bishop against bishop and knight when Halay resigned after 43 moves of a London opening.

Torre also beat Emmanuel Emaparado in the second round and Edgar Reggie Olay in the third. 

Zone President Abraham Tolentino, Mayor of Tagaytay City, is hosting the Zone 3.3 Open and Women's Championships from May 24-30. In the photo you can spot Mayor Tolentino (right) and Women's top seed Li Ruofan of Singapore making the ceremonial opening moves. Looking on are, from left, Asian Chess Federation Deputy President Casto Abundo, FIDE Executive Board member for Asia Dang Tat Thang of Vietnam, National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) chairman and president Prospero A. Pichay Jr., NCFP director Judge Gonzalo Mapili and the Philippines' first International Master Rodolfo Tan Cardoso. You can check results at

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