The complicating factor in the race for third is that apart from having to beat the other challengers, there is always the need for two players to face the grandmasters each round! At present (after round 6) there is a four-way tie for third place, with locals Peter Mafnas, Efren Manuel, Jed Caluag & Palau's Tito Cabunagan all on 4/6. Of these players, only Efren has faced both GMs, although Jed plays his second GM this morning, but there are also eight other players within a point of third place, so the race for third is still very much alive!
I also played a few rounds, and only managed 1/2 after I blundered horribly against Danilo Briones, however Danilo still had to play well enough to finish off the position, so well done to him!
Full results of the tournament, as well as all games, are available on Chess Results.
Away from the chess, there was a BBQ Street Party on Saturday, which saw plenty of locals & tourists gathered in Tumon, while today is the Liberation Day public holiday, so I expect fireworks & other festivities this evening.
The trophy for the locals, with winners of various competitions around the island getting a name plate on the trophy, which is a carved from a piece of wood!
A crowd gathers for the conclusion of the Laylo-Molod game, while closer to camera Olga Szekely plays Efren Manuel & Jed Caluag plays GM Eugene Torre.
To finish, two interesting games from the tournament:
Round 4 top board clash between GM Darwin Laylo & CM Jonathan Molod
Round 5, an almost brilliancy from the clash between FM Ignatius Leong & Tito Cabunagan