ASIAN Youth champion IM John Marvin Miciano settled for a draw with No. 113 seed FM Tamas Vanczak of Hungary in the sixth round of the 2018 FIDE World Juniors 20-under chess championships at the Ramada Plaza Istanbul Airport Hotel in Kocaeli-Gebze, Turkey.
Miciano, who is hoping to make a dent in the second half of the 11-round tournament, tried but failed to gain the initiative against his lower-rated Hungarian opponent and agreed to split the point after 46 moves.
When the draw was reached, both Miciano and Vanczak had a queen and two pawns.
Overall, the 18-year-old standout of Far Eastern University has three points on two wins, two draws and two losses with still five rounds left in the prestigious 150-player competition featuring the world’s top players 20 years old and below.
Up next for Miciano in the seventh round is No. 125 seed FM M.H. Thilakarathne of Sri Lanka.
The Philippines had better luck in the girls division in Tuesday’s sixth round.
Asian Schools Chess Championships double gold medalist WFM Allaney Jia Doroy demolished No. 86 WIM Esperanca Caxita of Angola to improve to 2.5 points on two wins, one draw and three losses.
Doroy, who also won over No. 92 seed Sofie Huttl of Belarus in the third round, will try to make it two wins in a row when she plays No. 54 Eylul Celik of Turkey.
Actually, the Philippines’ best performance in the World Juniors Chess Championships was third place overall by the United States-based GM Rogelio Barcenilla in Mamaia, Romania in 1991.
GM Nelson Mariano also did well by finishing fifth during the 1994 World Juniors in Matinhos, Brazil.
The Filipinos’ two-week long campaign is supported by 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.
M. Miciano (Philippines) vs. T. Vanczak (Hungary)
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b6 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. d3 e6 5. O-O d5 6. c3 c5 7. Nbd2 Nc6 8. Re1 Be7 9. e4 Qc7 10. a3 a5 11. a4 O-O 12. Nf1 dxe4 13. dxe4 Rad8 14. Qb3 Ba6 15. Bf4 e5 16. Bg5 c4 17. Qc2 Nd7 18. Bxe7 Nxe7 19. Ne3 Nc5 20. Red1 Nd3 21. Ne1 Rd6 22. Nxd3 cxd3 23. Qb3 d2 24. Qc2 Rfd8 25. c4 Rd4 26. b3 Bb7 27. Ra2 Qc5 28. Rb2 f5 29. exf5 Bxg2 30. Kxg2 Qc6+ 31. Kg1 Qf3 32. Nf1 Nxf5 33. Rxd2 Ne3 34. fxe3 Rxd2 35. Nxd2 Qxe3+ 36. Kg2 Qe2+ 37. Kg1 Rf8 38. Rb1 Rf2 39. Qe4 Qxd2 40. Rf1 Rxf1+ 41. Kxf1 Qd1+ 42. Kg2 Qxb3 43. Qxe5 Qxa4 44. Qe6+ Kf8 45. Qxb6 Qxc4 46. Qxa5 Qe2+ 1/ 2 – 1/ 2