Claros misses winning line

Claros misses winning line
In this Aug. 9, 2019 photo, Philippine chess player April Joy Claros competes at the Eastern Asia Chess competition in Bangkok, Thailand.
Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) – December 22, 2020 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — April Joy Claros missed out on her winning chances and succumbed to Indonesia’s Laysa Latifah, 0-2, in their quarterfinals showdown to crash out of the FIDE World Cadets and Youth Rapid Chess Championships yesterday.

Down 0-1, Claros, 13, appeared headed to knotting the count and forcing an “Armageddon” playoff after carving out a winning position by controlling the central file with her doubled rooks and an untouchable central knight outpost.

But the Far Eastern University-Diliman standout played passive from there, giving Latifah the opportunity to force a series of exchanges that turned things around in the latter’s favor.

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