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Frayna shares lead in Netherlands; Laylo finishes 2nd in Indonesia

MANILA, Philippines – Janelle Mae Frayna stunned Dutch International Master Koen Leenhouts in 44 moves of an English Opening to seize a share of the lead after five rounds of the 21st Hogeschool Zeeland Open 2017 in Vlissingen, the Netherlands Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old Frayna went on attack mode as early as the opening when the Philippines’ first and only Woman Grandmaster engaged Leenhouts into a tactical piece exchanges before emerging with a queen and a bishop against the latter’s pair of rooks and central passed pawn.

Janelle Mae Frayna. Philippine Star photo
However, it left Leenhouts with an exposed king that Frayna capitalized on as she won the former’s rook for her bishop in the endgame to extract the full point.

Frayna thus zoomed to the top with 4.5 points alongside six others, including Russian GM Landa Konstantin whom the Filipina will play as black in the sixth round at press time.

Also at the helm were Venezuelan GM Eduard Iturrizaga Bonelli, Dutch GMs Benjamin Bok, Jorden Van Foreest and Roeland Pruijjsers and Indian IM R Praggnanandhaa.

Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/09/1727050/frayna-shares-lead-netherlands-laylo-finishes-2nd-indonesia

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