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Frayna bounces back

Janelle Mae Frayna downed Germans Nguyen Ha Tranh and Tiffany Kinzel in the final two rounds to finish in a five-way tie at 11th spot in the just concluded Women’s International Open in Erfurt, Germany Friday night.

A day after dropping two straight games, Frayna, the country’s first Filipina woman grandmaster, vented her ire on Nguyen in the eighth round and then Kinzel in the last to end up in a five-player logjam at No. 11 with Czech WIMs Kristyna Havlikova and Karolina Olsarova, Russian WIM Elena Sazanova and German Antonia Ziegenfuss with 5.5 points apiece. After the tiebreakers, Frayna wound up 13th overall.

The final win surge made up for a pair of painful defeats in the sixth and seventh rounds to fourth seed and WGM Evgeniya Doluhanova of Ukraine and German Linda Krumina.

Frayna zoomed to an unbeaten start highlighted by a win over WGM Galina Strutinskaia of Russia and three draws against WGMs Joanna Majdan of Poland and Ilze Berzina of Latvia and Woman International Master Nino Khomeriki of Georgia.

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