Online Olympiad: Young warriors

August 16, 2020
Mordido vs Tarasenka

THE Philippines put up a brave front in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020, beating Belarus, 4.5-1.5, but losing to Belgium, 2.5-3.5, and Australia, 2-4, late Saturday.

The country's top junior players -- WIM Kylen Joy Mordido, IM Daniel Quizon and Jerlyn Mae San Diego -- shone brightest for the 12-player national team which struggled to keep pace in the battle for the top three spots in Group A.

The three junior players from the Dasmariñas City, Cavite chess team of Mayor Pidi Barzaga and coach Roel Abelgas delivered while their older and more-experienced teammates failed.

Mordido swept her two matches against WFM Aliaksandra Tarasenka of Belarus in the fourth round and WFM Cassandra Lim of Australia in the sixth round.

Mordido was the lone Filipino winner against Australia.

Quizon toppled FM Denis Lazavik of Belarus in the fourth round to emerge as the Filipinos' top scorer so far with three wins and one draw.

San Diego, on the other hand, humbled Tyani De Rycke of Belgium in the fifth round for a perfect 2/2 record on board six.

Overall, the Filipinos have six points on three wins and three losses based on the scoring system giving two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss.

That’s good for sixth place behind Bulgaria (12 points), Germany (12 points), Australia (10 points) and Indonesia (8 points) with still three rounds left.

Belgium, which won over the Philippines, also had six points.

“If there's anything we are now finding out during the Olympiad is that we have very good junior players,” said the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Atty. Cliburn Orbe in his post-game analysis with Asia's first GM Eugene Torre.

Orbe said the NCFP will focus on the development of these young players.

Two of them, Mordido and San Diego, are also taking part in the FIDE Asian Online Chess Camp for Girls Under-20 from Aug. 1-20.

The Filipinos, whose campaign are supported by NCFP president Prospero “Butch” Pichay and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will close out their campaign against Bulgaria, Bangladesh and Turkmenistan.

The moves:

Round 4

A. Tarasenka (1827) vs. K. Mordido (1923) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Be3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nc6 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.Bd3 O-O 10.O-O Bxc3 11.bxc3 b6 12.Qe2 Bb7 13.Rab1 Rac8 14.Rb5 Qd6 15.Rg5 Ne7 16.Ne5 Ng6 17.f4 Be4 18.Qc2 Nd5 19.Bxe4 Nxe3 20.Qd3 Nxf1 21.Kxf1 Qa3 22.Rg3 Qc1+ 23.Kf2 Qxf4+ 24.Rf3 Qxh2 25.Rh3 Qf4+ 26.Kg1 f5 27.Nxg6 hxg6 28.Bb7 Rc7 29.Ba6 Rd8 30.Rf3 Qc1+ 31.Kh2 Qh6+ 32.Kg1 Qh4 33.Bc4 Rd6 34.Re3 Kf7 35.Qe2 Re7 36.Bb3 Qh5 37.Qe1 Qg5 38.Qe2 Qf6 39.a4 Kf8 40.Qa6 Rd8 41.Qb5 g5 42.Qc6 Rde8 43.Qf3 g4 44.Qf2 g5 45.Re5 Rh7 46.Bc2 Rf7 47.Qe2 Qh6 48.d5 g3 49.Qf3 Qh2+ 50.Kf1 Qh1+ 51.Ke2 Qc1 52.Qd3 Qf4 53.Re3 Qf2+ 54.Kd1 e5 55.d6 Qxg2 56.d7 Rd8 57.Qd6+ Kg7 58.Qxe5+ Kh7 59.Bxf5+ Kg8 60.Qe8+ Kg7 61.Qxd8 Qf1+ 62.Kd2 Qf2+ 63.Re2 Qf4+ 64.Re3 Qxf5 65.Re7 Qf4+ 66.Kc2 Qf5+ 67.Kb2 Qf2+ 68.Kb3 g2 69.Rxf7+ Qxf7+ 70.Kb4 g1=Q 71.Qe8 Qc5#                             0-1