Don't look back now. But the 57 year old GM who pulled out from the 4th PGMA Cup to save his reputation suddenly finds himself among the leaders after 5 rounds of the Pichay Cup. Don't know how he did it since there's still no available PGNs, I believe, from the tournament at this moment but we know that Torre scored three straight wins in the 3rd, 4th and 5th round. And the 4th and 5th rounds were played in one day. GM elect Ronald Dableo in the 4th and current world junior champ, Abhijeet Gupta of India in the 5th round. Closing in from being dramatic, huh? Torre currently shares the top spot with six others. No notable upsets in round 4 and 5 at the top boards. GM Filippov, who is hoping to become the first player to sweep the twin tournament settled for his third straight draws, half a point behind the leaders. He has faced five straight Filipino in as many rounds.
Tournament resumes today at 4:00 PM for round six at the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Bldg. in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City.
Round 5 results
Standings after 5 rounds
Round 6 pairings
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