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Frayna trails leader by one after draw with No. 7 seed

MANILA, Philippines -  Woman GM Janelle Mae Frayna held seventh seed Latvian WIM Niño Khomeriki to a draw and remained one point off the pace after four rounds of the Women’s International Open in Erfurt, Germany Tuesday night.

With three points, the 21-year-old Frayna stood in joint sixth with five others, a full point behind solo leader and top seed IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi of India and half-a-point behind WIM Karolina Olsarova of the Czech Republic and WGMs Mitra Hejazipour of Ireland, Jovana Rapport of Serbia and Mihaela Sandu of Romania.

Janelle Mae Frayna of the Philippines. Photo from @PhilippineStar twitter account
Frayna, whose campaign is backed by The Philippine STAR president/CEO Miguel G. Belmonte, FEU’s Gigi Montinola III and Edward Go, was playing No. 6 and another Latvian WGM Ilze Berzina in the fifth round at presstime.

The former Far Eastern U standout shocked eighth pick Russian WGM Galina Strutinskaia in 38 moves of a super-sharp Sicilian duel in the third round.

The Erfurt tilt is Frayna’s third tournament in her European campaign where she aims to barge into the top 10 in the world’s women’s rankings. She is also eyeing to become the Phl’s first woman GM.

Author: Joey Villar
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/03/1724233/frayna-trails-leader-one-after-draw-no.-7-seed

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