Chessers Rebound, Trounce Belgium

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DRESDEN, Germany -- The Philippines bounced back from its defeat to Spain by drubbing Belgium, 3.5-.5 to keep its bid alive in the 38th World Chess Olympiad at the International Congress Center here.

GM Wesley So, GM Jayson Gonzales and IM John Paul Gomez produced big wins over their respective rivals to redeem themselves after their 1-3 loss to Spain.

Overall, the Filipinos are now tied for 25th to 38th places with nine points, four points behind defending champion Armenia and three points behind former champion Germany, France and Israel with still four rounds remaining in this prestigious competition being held in this historical German city immortalized by well-known author Erich Kastner.

"I like our chances now. The team is in good position of surpassing its 44 th-place finish in the Turin Olympiad two years ago," said non-playing team captain GM Eugene Torre during breakfast at the Ibis Hotel.

So made short work of IM Ekren Cekro, needing only 20 moves of the Austrian attack to raise his record to 4. …