ASIAN Youth 18-under champion IM John Marvin Miciano subdued FM G. M. H.Thilakarathne of Sri Lanka while WFM Allaney Jia Doroy whipped WCM Eylul Celik of Turkey in the Philippines’ day of triumph in the 2018 FIDE World Juniors and Girls 20-under chess championships at the Ramada Plaza Airport Hotel in Gebze, Turkey.
Miciano, who is hoping to make it at least in the Top 20, pounced on a dubious 22. axb3 by Thilakarathne to gain material and positional advantage that culminated with a capture of the Sri Lankan’s queen five moves later.
The endgame saw Miciano enjoy tremendous edge with a queen, rook, bishop and four pawns against Thilakarathne’s rook, bishop, two knights and three pawns.
Overall, Miciano raised his score to four points on three wins, two draws and two losses in the prestigious 11-round competition being held in the popular Turkish tourist spot.
The 18-year-old Filipino champion from Davao, however, is tied only for 47th places with a difficult eight-round encounter against No. 7 seed GM Xu Xiangyu of China coming up.
Miciano is also 2.5 points behind solo leader and top seed GM Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran, who has a score of 6.5/7.
Doroy, who rose to prominence by winning two gold medals in the Asian Schools Chess Championships last year, defeated Celik in 35 moves for her second straight win..
Doroy has 3/5 points on three wins, one draw and three losses.
She will now meet No. 36 seed WIM Maria Durtado Ivana of India.
Supporting them are the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), led by President/Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay.
M. H. Thilakarathne (Sri) vs. M. Miciano (Phi)
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg5 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. O-O-O O-O 7. f4 b5 8. Bd3 Qa5 9. Kb1 b4 10. Nce2 c5 11. Bxf6 exf6 12. f5 Bb7 13. h4 gxf5 14. exf5 Bd5 15. b3 Nd7 16. Rh3 Kh8 17. g4 Nb6 18. Nf4 c4 19. Be2 Rac8 20. Bf3 Bh6 21. g5 cxb3 22. axb3 Nc4 23. bxc4 Bxc4 24. Qg2 Ba2+ 25. Kc1 Qa3+ 26. Kd2 Rxc2+ 27. Ke1 Rxg2 28. Bxg2 b3 29. gxh6 Qa5+ 30. Kf2 Qxf5 31. Ne2 b2 32. Ra3 b1=Q 33. Rxb1 Bxb1 34. Bh3 Qb5 35. Rxa7 Be4 36. Re7 f5 37. Nh5 Qd3 38. Bg2 Bxg2 39. Kxg2 Qd2 40. Nf4 Qe1 41. Rd7 Qxh4 42. Rxd6 Qe7 43. Rd5 Qe3 44. Re5 Rg8+ 45. Kf1 Qf3+ 46. Ke1 Ra8 47. Kd2 f6 48. Re6 Kg8 49. d5 Kf7 50. Rc6 Ra2+ 51. Ke1 Ra4 52. Rc7+ Ke8 53. Rc8+ Kd7 54. Rh8 Rxf4 55. Rxh7+ Ke8 56. Nxf4 Qxf4 57. Rh8+ Kf7 58. h7 Kg7 59. Rd8 Kxh7 60. d6 Qe3+ 61. Kf1 Qb6 62. Rd7+ Kg6 63. Ke1 f4 0-1