PH Women’s team lost to Lithuania: settled for 34th place in 42nd World Chess Olympiad

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The Philippine’ Women’s chess team ended the competition with a lost against high rank Lithuania, despite the result Frayna still made history after becoming the first Filipina to become woman grandmaster as the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku Azerbaijan ended Tuesday night.

Lithuania proved to be too tough to handle for the Philippines Women team, as they lost 3-to-1 in the tally sheet, in the 11th and final round.

Catherine Secopito delivered the lone win by stunning WIM Salomeja Zaksaite on board three, while Janelle Mae Frayna, Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Shania Mae Mendoza fell to GM Viktorija Cmilyte, IM Deimante Daulyte and WFM Daiva Batyte on boards one, two and four, respectively.

Still, the Filipina chessers improved from its 64th place finish in the 2014 Olympiad in Norway after settling for 34th in biennial competition.

The Pinay players, however, could have made it to the top 10 best performers or 18th at worst with a final round win. However, they absorbed a 1-3 loss to 12th seed Lithuania.

“We’re excited of the future, especially in women’s chess,” said GM Jayson Gonzales, the NCFP executive director and women’s captain.

Top seed China win the Olympiad for second consecutive edition with an unbeaten record of 9 wins and 2 draws.

Poland and Ukraine got the silver and bronze respectively in the women’s side.

Photo credits: ChessHive

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