Manila, Philippines – The country now has its first ever Woman Chess Grandmaster as the to the 20-year-old Filipino chess player Janelle Mae Frayna clinches the WGM title. Frayna posted 6 points on 4 wins and 4 draws against just a single defeat in 9 games.
Frayna has successfully achieved the historic moment when she secured the 3rd and final Woman Chess Grandmaster result with a 33-move draw with the International Master Daavademberel Nomin-Erdene in a crucial 1.5-2.5 decision to 15th seed Mongolia after the 9th round of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sunday evening, September 11th.
“I’m proud to announce that Woman International Master Janelle Mae Frayna achieved the third and last result to become the first Woman Grandmaster from the Philippines,” Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales, Frayna’s personal trainer and coach at Far Eastern University (FEU), said in the press statement.
The opponents of Frayna consisted of two men’s Grandmasters Georgia’s Nana Dzagnidze and India’s Dronavalli Harika, and the other one men with an International Master title named Nomin Erdene, and the two other Women International Masters Sabrina Latreche of Algeria and Alejandra Guerrero Rodrigiez from Mexico.
Meanwhile, Eugene Torre, now has an undefeated winning record of 8 points on 7 wins and 2 draws, the highest points by any individual chess master player in the 11-round international tournament.
However, the 64-year-old Torre — a silver medalist in the 1974 Nice Olympiad where he emerged Asia’s first ever GM — is running 5th in the competition for the gold medal on board, which will be seen by whoever ends up with the highest points, behind an outstanding cast that included GM Wesley So, who is representing the United States of America.
Currently, the Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi leads the tournament with 2887 followed by the Hungarian GM Zoltan Almasi’s 2871 while French GM Laurent Fressinet is at No. 4 seed with 2857 points.