Frayna settles for draw, finishes 10th in Belgium Chess tournament

Janelle Mae Frayna drew with second seed Grandmaster Alxandre Dgebuadze of Belgium in the ninth and final round to finish 10th place in the Brugse Meesters Chess 2017 in Brugge, Belgium Thursday night.

Frayna had an advantage in her final match, but couldn’t cash in on it late to settle for a split, thus leaving her in a six-way logjam at eighth place with 6.5 points. The Filipina grand master though eventually ended at 10th overall after the tiebreaks were applied.

Dutch International Master Lucas Van Foreest topped the event with eight points.

Nonetheless, this marked Frayna’s best finish in five tournaments since embarking on an ambitious European campaign where she hopes to gain rating points to barge into the elite women’s top 10.

“This has been my fifth tournament in Europe and my first time to win a trophy. In the past tournaments, I had some fantastic start but would end up badly placed in the last 2 rounds,” said Frayna. “In this tournament, I played against 3 GMs (two draws, one loss) and managed to gain more ELO rating points.

“It’s just a pity that on my ninth and last round against a Belgian GM, I had a winning position but misplayed it and the game was eventually drawn. Nevertheless, I really learned a great deal here,” she added.

GM Jayson Gonzales, Frayna’s coach and trainer, wasn’t as fortunate as he fell to Eelke De Boer of the Netherlands to finish with six points.

Frayna’s trip is bankrolled by Phl Sports Commission, National Chess Federation of the Phl, FEU’s Aurelio Montinola, The Philippine STAR’s Miguel Belmonte and Edward Go and backed by Senate President Koko Pimentel and Bobby Ang.