The country’s youngest Woman Fide Master (WFM) Antonella Berthe “Tonelle” Murillo Racasa (1342) avoided unnecessary risks and agreed to split the point with Elizaveta Andrukhovich (1508) of Belarus to keep her hope for a possible top 30 finish alive in the tenth and penultimate round of the World Cadets Chess Championships on Thursday (Manila time) in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.
The draw, which was reached after 30 moves of the Pirc, enabled the 11-year-old Racasa to raise her score to 4.5 points in the Under 12 girls division of this 107-player strong field World Chess Federation (FIDE) tournament.
“Napuwersa sa draw. Mahirap na din magpumilit.” said father/coach Roberto Racasa.
Her European trip is sponsored by Philippine Sports Commission, National Chess Federation of the Philippines, Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos, councilor Charisse Marie Abalos-Vargas, Herminio “Hermie” Esguerra of Herma Group of Companies and sportsman Reli de Leon.
She was also supported by Rotary Club of Pasig thru Eng’r Rogelio Lim, Dr. Jess Acantillado and Philippine Executive Chess Association (PECA) President lawyer Cliburn Anthony A. Orbe as she takes on Gauri Menon (1592) of the United States in the eleventh and final round.
Meanwhile, Savitha Shri B (1745) of India blasted Marta Dakic (1756) of Serbia to remain on top with 9.5 points on account of nine wins and draw after ten games of play, half point ahead with Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Umida Omonova (1854) of Uzbekistan, who brought down Boramanikar Tanisha S (1716) of India.
It shall be recalled that the game between Savitha and Omonova ended into a fighting draw during their fourth round encounter. (Marlon Bernardino)