IT WAS double black eye for Philippines in the 2018 FIDE World Juniors and Girls 20-under chess championships.
Asiad Youth 18-under champion IM John Marvin Miciano and Asian Schools double gold medalist WFM Allaney Jia Doroy suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses at the Ramada Plaza Airport Hotel in Gebze, Turkey.
In performances as gloomy as the weather in typhoon-hit Manila this weekend, Miciano fell to untitled Zhao Chenxi of China and Doroy stumbled against No. 41 seed WFM Ece Ozvat of Turkey in the ninth round Friday.
The results left both Miciano and Doroy way below the overall standings and out of contention for even a Top 30 finish in the 11-round competition featuring the world’s top players 20 years old and under.
Miciano remains stranded with four points on three wins, two draws and four losses, good for 107th place in the 150-player field.
Doroy, who saw her three-game winning streak come to an abrupt end, has 4.5 points on four wins, one draw and four losses.
The Filipina is currently in 53rd place in the 97-players field.
The NM Cesar Caturla-coached Filipinos, however, hope to do well in the final rounds starting saturday's 10th round.
Miciano handles white against No.121 FM Kevin Noboa of Ecuador while Doroy plays black against No. 57 WFM Anna Bellon Cramling of Sweden. Veteran chess journalist Ignacio Dee said both Miciano and Doroy need extensive training in opening theories to stay competitive against their more-expereinced and better-trained counterparts.
Supporting the Filipinos' campaign 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, Atty. Cliburn Orbe and Red Dumuk
Also backing Miciano are ICTSI Foundation, PAGCOR under Chairman Andrea Domingo and Jimmy Bondoc and Far Eastern University thru Anton Montinola and GM Jayson Gonzales.
J. Miciano (Phi) vs Zhao Chenxi (China)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Qe2 d5 6. exd5 Nxd5 7. O-O Be7 8. Rd1 Bf6 9. Nc3 Ndb4 10. d3 Nd4 11. Nxd4 cxd4 12. Ne4 Be7 13. c3 Nc6 14. Nd2 Bf6 15. c4 O-O 16. Rb1 a5 17. b3 Re8 18. a3 Be7 19. f4 Bc5 20. Re1 Bd7 21. Qh5 Bf8 22. Ne4 f6 23. Bb2 Qb6 24. Nd2 Ne7 25. Qf3 Nc6 26. Kh1 Rad8 27. Qf2 Bc8 28. Re2 Ne7 29. g4 Ng6 30. Rbe1 Qc7 31. Re4 Bc5 32. Bc1 Rf8 33. Nf1 Qb6 34. Nd2 Qd6 35. f5 exf5 36. gxf5 Ne5 37. Rxe5 fxe5 38. Bd5+ Be6 39. Be4 Rf6 40. Rg1 Qf8 41. Qg3 Bxf5 42. Bxf5 Rxf5 43. Ne4 Rf1 44. Kg2 Rxg1+ 45. Kxg1 Re8 46. Qg4 b6 47. a4 Qf7 48. Bg5 Rf8 49. h4 Be7 50. Bh6 Qg6 51. Bg5 Bxg5 52. hxg5 Qf7 53. Kh2 Qf4+ 54. Qxf4 Rxf4 55. Kg3 Rf1 56. c5 bxc5 57. Nxc5 Rc1 58. Nb7 0-1