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Gonzales downs Dutch GM in 40 moves, Frayna wins


by Kristel Satumbaga

Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales toppled second seed GM Jorden Van Foreest of the Netherlands in 40 moves of an English encounter to move half a point off the pace after the seventh round of the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland chess tournament in Vlissingen, the Netherlands Thursday night.

The 49-year-old Gonzales, who joined the trip to coach Woman Grandmaster Janelle Frayna and International Master John Marvin Miciano, hiked his total to six points for a share of second behind top seed GM Sandro Mareco of Argentina.

Mareco turned back erstwhile co-leader GM Wang Yungu of China to regain the solo lead with 6.5 points.

Frayna, 22, barged into the top 10 after pulling the rug from under IM Merijn Van Delft of the Netherlands in 30 moves of another English Opening.

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