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Miciano still in hunt for top 10 finish




International Master John Marvin Miciano continued his resurgence, producing 1.5 points in the 7th and 8th rounds Wednesday in the Brugse Meesters 2018 chess tournament in Brugge, Belgiumon.

Miciano first outplayed Sweden’s Joachim Bergre before halving the point with Singapore’s Advait Bagri to jump to13th to 27th places with 5.5 points.

Miciano, 17, now has four wins, three draws and one loss, but still trails solo leader GM Oleg Korneev by 1.5 points.

Woman Grandmaster Janelle Frayna and their coach, Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales share 28th to 58th places with identical 5 points following contrasting results.

Frayna prevailed over Belgian Gert Van Vooren in the seventh round but lost to Woman International Master Tsveta Galunova in the penultimate round

Gonzales, meanwhile, bowed to GM Nikolov Momchil before drawing with Spain’s Alex Moreto Quintana.

Miciano is hoping to finish in the top 10 to secure more points as he bids to earn a GM norm.

But to do it, he has to beat England’s Christopher Russell in the ninth and final round.

Frayna and Gonzales also hope to do when they take on Belgians Tim Peeters and Joris Verhelst, respectively.