6th-round defeats pull down Pinoy chessers

6th-round defeats pull down Pinoy chessers

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Jul 21, 2004

FILIPINO International Masters Ronald Bancod and Jayson Gonzales bowed
to their respective foes in the sixth round yesterday of the Balaguer
International Open chess championship in Balaguer, Spain.

Bancod, seeded 36th in the nine-round Swiss system event, lost to IM
Ramon Mateo of the Dominican Republic, while 25th seed Gonzales
surrendered to third seed Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Burmakin.

The defeats dropped Bancod and Gonzales-tied for second overnight-into
a share of 22nd place with 23 others, including compatriot NM Yves
Ra¤ola, with 4 points each. Ra¤ola drew his match with Spanish master
Patxi Sesma.

Mateo, Burmakin, Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon, Bulgarian GM Aleksander
Delchev and Armenian GM Karen Movsziszian share the lead with 5 points
apiece. Marlon Bernardino