A 20-year-old Filipina made a historic feat as she became the first ever Woman Chess Grandmaster of the Philippines.
Janella Mae Frayna, psychology student of Far Eastern University (FEU), made her milestone in the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azarbaijan.
Frayna achieved the title after sealing the third and final WGM result with a 33-move draw against International Master Daavademberel Nomin-Erdene in a stinging 1.5-2.5 decision to 15th seed Mongolia after the ninth round of the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan Sunday night, September 11, according to a press release.
"I'm proud to announce that WIM (Woman International Master) Janelle Mae Frayna achieved the third and last result to become the first Woman Grandmaster from the Philippines," GM Jayson Gonzales, Frayna's personal trainer and coach FEU, said in the press release.
The first Philippines’ Woman Chess Grandmaster scored 6 points on 4 wins and 4 draws against just one loss in 9 games.
Her opponents included 3 men's Grandmasters (Georgia's Nana Dzagnidze and India's Dronavalli Harika), one with a men's International Master title (Nomin Erdene), and two other Women International Masters (Sabrina Latreche of Algeria and Alejandra Guerrero Rodrigiez of Mexico).
On the other hand, GM Eugene Torre is also making a history as he remained undefeated in the tournament with 8 points on 7 wins and two draws, the highest points by any individual player in the 11-round tournament.