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Gonzales keeps hopes alive; Frayna loses

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Other Sports
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WITH WGM Janelle May Frayna falling apart with her third straight setback, GM Jayson Gonzales played well enough to  to boost his own chances in the  21st Hogeschool Zeeland Open 2017 in Vlissingen, Netherlands.

Gonzales, who is also doubling as Frayna’s coach, easily hurdled  untitled Andries Mellema of the Netherlands  in the eighth and penultimate round to climb into a  tie for 10th to 20 th  places with still  one round left in the  nine-round, 226-player  tournament.

The Far Eastern University head coach has six points on five wins, two draws and only one loss  to 12-year-old prodigy  IM R. Praggnandhaa of India in  the seventh round.

Gonzales is only half a point behind  nine players, led by top seed GM  Eduard  Itturrizaga Bonelli of Venezuela,  No. 2 seed GM Kontanstin Landa of Russia and  GM Benjamin Bok of  the Netherlands.

Gonzales  will  meet IM Hugo Ten Hertog of the Netherlands In the ninth round
    
It was a different story for Frayna, however.
    
Frayna continued  her freefall  when she bowed  to Eric Sparenberg  of the Netherlands  and skidded further below in  66 th  place with only 4.6 points, all in the first five rounds.
    
The 21-year-old  Legazpi City,Bicol-born Frayna suffered her third straight defeat following heart-breaking setbacks to Landa and Attila Czebe of Hungary in the previous two rounds.
    
Frayna wil close out  her campaign with a game against WFM A. Harshini of India.
    
Frayna is using her European campaign to gain rating points and become the country’s first female to  earn a men’s GM title.
    
Her  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.    
    
Meanwhile,  GM Wesley So finished 10th and last in the fifth Sinquefield Cup at  the  Chess Club and Scholastic Center  in  St. Louis, USA.
    
So wound  up with  only three points on one  win, four draws and  four losses in the prestigious,  nine-round tournament which featured 10 of the strongest chess players in the world.
    
GM  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of   France  emerged  as the champion  with  six  points, half a  point ahead of  world champion  Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Viswanathan  Anand of India.
    
So, who now represents the United States, posted his only win  against   GM Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in the second round.
    
The 23-year-old So lost to Vachier-Lagrave in  the  first round, Carlsen  in  the   fifth  round, Levon Aronian of  Armenia in the sixth  round  and Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the eighth round.    
    
His draws came against GM Hikaru Nakamura of  the US in  the  third  round, Peter Svidler of Russia in the fourth round, Fabiano Caruana of the US in the seventh  round and Anand in the ninth round.  
    
With the  result, So  dropped to No 8 in the world rankings, losing 18.1 points.  He was  previously No. 2 in the world.