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Sebastian wins anew, nears top 10

SEBASTIAN From Jerzon Sebastian's Facebook page

Apayao pride Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian won two straight and she is now at the brink of the top 10 after nine rounds in the World Junior Chess Championship in Sardinia, Italy Thursday.

After the Elo rated 1865 Sebastian defeated French Woman FIDE Master Sarah Djidjeli (Elo 2082) to up her total to 4.5 and improve to 26th spot, 18 rungs higher than her opening rank of 44th, another higher rated player fell prey to the Far Eastern University – Diliman senior high school student.

This time it’s WFM Anamarija Radikovic (Elo 2112) of Croatia who lost to the 18 year old daughter of a former mediaman, now a lawyer working for the municipality of Flora, Apayao, Jerzon.

The win came after a draw with a much higher rated WFM Gulenay Aydin (Elo 2019) of Turkey which came after the defeat from Laman Hajiyeva (Elo 2138) of Azebiarjan in round six.

After losing to 11th seed Michalina Rudzinska in the first round and bowed to Dimitra Lydia Danilidi of Greece, the Far Easter Univeristy – Diliman senior high bounced back strong to trounce Uruguayan Pilar Silvera. This was followed by a victory over South African Chloe Badenhorst before coming up with an upset on the 31st seed WFM Gabja Simkunathe (Elo 2014) of Lithuania.

In the penultimate round, Sebastian will face Mongolian WFM Boldbaatar Altantuya (Elo 2223), who she is tied with along with seven others with 5.5 points.

It will be the second time the two will face each other since 2015 in ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship where the two shared top honors in the Girls 10 under division, said proud father Jerzon.

“We are praying that she will her last two games,” added Jerzon, who gives update of her daughter’s exploits in Italy on his Facebook wall.

Fourth seed Woman Grand Master Govhar Beydullayeva (Elo 2356) of Azebiarjan increased her lead to a full point as she defeated third seed Woman International Master Mariam Mkrtchyan (Elo 2374) of Armenia.

Govhar now has eight points on seven wins and two draws to lead top seed IM Nurguyl Salimova (Elo 2415) of Bulgaria who drew with 13th seed WIM Zala Urh of Slovenia for seven points and solo second.

Nurguyl will have 16th seed WIM Assel Serikbay (Elo 2181) for her next assignment hoping to catch on the leader with just two rounds to go. The sole leader faces Urh in the penultimate round.

Zala leads three others with 6.5 points and ranked higher at third due to her higher tie break point. Serikbay, FIDE Master Liwa Jarocka (Elo 2089) of Poland and Azrbaijani WFM Laman Haiyeva (Elo 2138) also have 6.5 points but now ranked fourth to seventh.

Five players have six points each and are ranked eighth to 11th with second seed WIM Menuert Kamalidenova (Elo 2376) of Kazakhsthan. Unrated Ukranian Yelyzavetta Hrebenshcdykova (Elo 2268) of Ukraine occupies the eight spot. At ninth to 11th spots are: Mkrtchyan, FM Liya Kumangalyve (Elo 2199) of Kazakhstan and Irish WIM Trisha Kanyamarala (Elo 2174).

Meanwhile, in the Open category, FM Alekhine Nouri suffered another setback after falling to FM Milos Milosevic (Elo 2371) of Serbia and now is 81st ranked in the 126 field.

The Elo rated 2251 will have as opponent a lower ranked player from South Africa, Jan Karsten in the 10th round.

Nouri has four points on two wins, three losses and four draws.

The WJCC ends tomorrow. Pigeon Lobien

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