Torre halves point vs Mongolian GM
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - March 11, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Grandmaster Eugene Torre drew with Mongolian GM Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa in 48 moves of a Sicilian Defense to remain half a point behind solo leader Burmese International Master Wynn Zaw Htun after three rounds of the Asian Zone 3.3 Zonal Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam last Monday.

The 63-year-old Torre beat Vietnamese Tran Ngoc Lan and Vo Thanh Ninh in the first two rounds but just couldn’t pull it off against Gundavaa’s Sicilian despite gaining a slight positional advantage in the middlegame. 

The draw dropped Torre to a six-way tie for second with Gundavaa, top seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, second pick GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam and No. 3 GM Zhang Zhong of Singapore at 2.5 points.

Torre takes on Zhang in the fourth round of the nine-round Swiss System tournament staking two berths to the World Cup 2015. 

ASIAN ZONE BAYARSAIKHAN GUNDAVAA BURMESE INTERNATIONAL MASTER WYNN ZAW HTUN GRANDMASTER EUGENE TORRE GUNDAVAA HO CHI MINH CITY LE QUANG LIEM OF VIETNAM NGUYEN NGOC TRUONG SON OF VIETNAM AND NO SICILIAN DEFENSE SWISS SYSTEM VIETNAMESE TRAN NGOC LAN AND VO THANH NINH
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