GRANDMASTER (GM) Jayson Gonzales fought seventh seed GM Andrea Stella of Italy to a draw to remain in the top 10 and the highest ranked Filipino after six rounds of the 41st Open International Barbera del Valles 2018 Chess Championship in Barbera de Valles, Spain Monday night.
Gonzales, who was initially here to serve as coach of Woman GM Janelle Mae Frayna and International Master John Marvin Miciano in their 51-day European tour, was in the 12-man group at ninth spot with four points apiece and the best placed Filipino thus far.
The Far Eastern University coach and former Olympiad veteran will try to improve his placing as he was gunning for a victory against third seed GM Namig Guliyev of Azerbaijan in the seventh round that was being played at press time.
Not as fortunate was GM Eugene Torre and Miciano, who fell to fifth seed IM Gargatagli Hipolito Asis and Ruano Adrian Jimenez both of Spain, respectively.
The 66-year-old Torre remained with 3.5 points while Miciano three points, the same output of Frayna, who halved the point with India’s Katiyar Deepak.
Torre will try to bounced back from the defeat as he clashes with India’s Shrivatri Anuj while Miciano tackles FIDE Master Aniruddha Deshpande also of India.
Frayna, whose trip here is bankrolled by the Philippine Sports Commission and The Philippine Star president and CEO Miguel Belmonte, faces off with Indian Atharva Jaeel.