A FIGHTING fourth for GM Jayson Gonzales.
Gonzales defeated IM Hugo Ten Hertog of the Netherlands in the ninth and final round to finish in a tie for fourth to eighth places in the 21st Hogeschool Zeeland Open 2017 in Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Gonzales, who also serves as coach-trainer of WGM Janelle Mae Frayna, finished with seven points on six wins, two draws and only one loss in the nine-round, 226-player tournament.
The Far Eastern University coach finished half a point behind GM Eduardo Itzurriga of Venezuela and Jorden Van Foreest and Benjamin Bok of the Netherlands, which have 7.5 points.
Tied with Gonzales are GMs Roeland Pruijssers of the Netherlands, Konstantin Landa of Russia, Vyacheslav Ikkonikov of Russia, and GM Hong Ting Lai of the Netherlands.
Frayna finished with five points on four wins, three losses and two draws.
The 21-year-old campaigner from Legazpi City, Bicol drew her final-round assignment against WFM A. Harshini of India.
She lost three of her last four games -- Landa in the sixth round, Attila Czebe of Hungary in the seventh round and Eric Sparenberg of the Netherlands in the eighth round.
“It’s still a good outing for Janelle in her first European stint where she can only get better,” noted veteran chess writer Ignacio Dee in his comments posted at Chess Philippines.
“This is a bitter loss but when we were children, we were given a tablespoon of cod liver oil by our parents to make our bodies strong. This is another spoonful of lessons for Frayna to absorb,” added Dee.
The Hogeschool Zeeland Open is Frayna’s fourth tournament since embarking on an ambitious European campaign with the aim of improving her ratings and becoming the country’s first female player to earn a men’s GM title.
Frayna’s campaign is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William Ramirez, the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), led by president/chairman Prospero Pichay Jr. and secretary-general Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, FEU chairman Aurelio Montinola III, Senator Koko Pimentel and Rep. Neri Colmenares.
H. T. Hertog (Netherlands) vs J. Gonzales (Philippines)
1. c4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 e6 4. b3 Nf6 5. Bb2 Bd6 6. Qc2 Nbd7 7. Nc3 Qe7 8. a3 a6 9. Be2 b6 10. d4 Bb7 11. e4 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. Qxe4 Nf6 14. Qh4 c5 15. O-O O-O 16. Rfe1 h6 17. dxc5 bxc5 18. Ne5 Qc7 19. Bd3 Nd7 20. Ng4 Bf4 21. Qh5 Rfd8 22. Bh7+ Kf8 23. g3 Bg5 24. f4 Nf6 25. Nxf6 Bxf6 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Be4 Bxe4 28. Rxe4 Rd4 29. Qxh6+ Ke7 30. Re3 Qd6 31. Rae1 Rd1 32. Qh5 Rxe1+ 33. Rxe1 Qd4+ 34. Kg2 Rb8 35. b4 cxb4 36. axb4 Rxb4 37. Rd1 Rb2+ 38. Kh3 Qf2 39. Qa5 Qxh2+ 40. Kg4 f5+