Manila, Philippines – Darwin Laylo of Marikina City drew with fellow Grandmaster Richard Bitoon of Medellin, Cebu to create a four-way tie for first place after four rounds in the 2012 POC-PSC National Games Open Chess Championships yesterday in Dumaguete City.
Laylo, who brought down youthful Lennon Heart Salgados of Cagayan de Oro City in the third round, raised his total to 3.5 points, the same output of Bitoon, GM Rogelio “Joey“ Antonio Jr. of Calapan Oriental Mindoro and IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia of Manila.
Antonio defeated Glecirio Pardillo of Cebu while Garcia routed Ben Polao of Marawi City.
GM Eugene Torre of Quezon City beat local bet Gemon Tolentino to notch 3.0 points, joining a big group tied for fifth that included IM Rolando Nolte of Quezon City and Fide Master Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City.
In women’s play, WIM Catherine Perena of Caloocan City split the point with WNM Jedara Docena of Bohol to remain on top with 3.5 points.