Wins keep Torre, Barbosa in 4-way tie
Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) - March 15, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Grandmasters Eugene Torre and Oliver Barbosa downed their respective foes to move up to a share of third and stay in World Cup contention after the eighth and penultimate round of the Asian Zonals 3.3 Championship in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam yesterday.

Torre, 65, outlasted FIDE Master Le Tuan Minh in a marathon 95-move victory of a Bogo-Indian Defense while Barbosa outduelled countryman GM Richard Bitoon in 77 moves of a Trompovsky Opening to zoom to a four-way tie at No. 3 with 5.5 points.

More importantly, Torre and Barbosa remained in the hunt for the last of two slots to the World Cup slated Sept. 10 to Oct. 4 this year in Baku, Azerbaijan.

For it to happen, Torre and Barbosa must win their final round game against Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, respectively, today.

Le, who downed Filipino GM Darwin Laylo in 33 moves of a King’s Indian Defense, leads the way and his seven points clinched him a slot in Baku while Nguyen is currently at solo second with six points.

The top-seeded Le, a Webster University standout, pounced on Laylo’s passive opening play to launch a kingside attack that won not just position and material but the match itself for his seventh point.

While Le made it, Laylo, a 35-year-old native of Marikina City, was officially out of it as he has only five points with a round to go.

International Master Rolando Nolte, in contrast, won his game against Tran Ngoc Lan to improve to 4.5 points.

 

ASIAN ZONALS BOGO-INDIAN DEFENSE DARWIN LAYLO GRANDMASTERS EUGENE TORRE AND OLIVER BARBOSA HO CHI MINH INDIAN DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL MASTER ROLANDO NOLTE LAYLO LE QUANG LIEM AND NGUYEN NGOC TRUONG SON TORRE AND BARBOSA WORLD CUP
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