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Frayna assumes solo lead

  • Written by Ed Andaya
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The Philippines’ Janelle Mae Frayna (left) is shown in action against Nataliya Buksa of Ukraine. The Philippines’ Janelle Mae Frayna (left) is shown in action against Nataliya Buksa of Ukraine.

Standings after 10 rounds:

8 points -- J. Frayna (Philippines)

7.5 -- A. Bivol (Russia)

7 -- P. Nandhidhaa (India),  D. Saduakassova (Kazakhstan), A. Rueda (Colombia),  N . Buksa (Ukraine), D. Vaoshali (India)

BHUBANESWAR, India -- WIM  Janelle Mae Frayna  of the Philippines brought down WIM Catherina Michelle of India in a keenly-watched encounter to assume the  solo  lead  in the 10th round of the  World Junior Chess Championships at the Kalinga Institute of  Industrial Technology (KIIT) here.

Frayna, seeded only ninth with an ELO of 2292, outplayed  Michelle  in 55 moves of  the Catalan Opening to improve  to eight point s on six wins and four draws in  the  prestigious  13-round, 57-player  tournament.
Frayna’s  ninth round co-leader, second  seed WIM  Alina Bivol of Russia settled for a draw  by  IM Paula Andrea  Rodriguez of Colombia  to drop   to solo  second  place with 7.5 points.
Rodriguez  moved  to a three-way tie for third to seventh places with seven points with   still  three  rounds remaining.
In  the 11th round,  Frayna will  take on  the fifth-seeded Rodriguez  (ELO 2321).
“Frayna’s path to become the Filipino world junior champion has entered the last three rounds,”  said chess writer Ignacio Dee in  his  analysis for Chess Philippines.
“Preparation  and stamina will count for Frayna’s Catalan, which has  served her excellently. But the revelation is stout hearted  defense as shown in two games where Frayna earned  a draw. Her use of  time is more economical,” added Dee.
Actually, Frayna could had taken the solo lead as early as  the fifth round  if she  did not accept  the  draw offer from WIM  Dinara Dordzhieva of Russia in a virtual winning position in  41 moves of Reti opening.
The multi-titled campaigner from UAAP champion Far Eastern University  drew her game against WIM  PV Nandhidhaa of India 41 moves Queens Gambit Declined in the sixth round  and won over K. Priyanka of India in  37 moves French  Defense Winawer Variation  in the seventh round.
Frayna, who  was  voted as ‘Athlete of the Year’  in the UAAP Season 78,  drew her games against  WGM Nataliya Buksa   of  Ukraine  in  83 moves  of the Catalan Opening in the eighth round  and top seed WGM  Dinara  Saduakassova of  Kazakhstan  in  46 moves  of the Queen’s Gambit Accepted  in the ninth round.
Another Filipino campaigner  -- Shania Mae Mendoza -- has 4.5 points out of 10 games.
Mendoza fell to Alinasab Mobina of Iran in the ninth round and  P. Bala Kannamma of India in the10th round to remain  the lower half of the standings with four wins, one draw and five losses.
In the boys division,  National University standout  Paulo Bersamina made it two wins in a row when he outduelled fifth seed GM Dennis Wagner of Germany to vault  into a  tie  for 11th  place with 6.5 points.
Bersamina,  one of the country’s brightest young  players, has four wins, five draws and one loss. He also won over Dimitrios Papakonstantinou of Greece in the ninth round.