MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster (GM) John Paul Gomez defeated GM Zhao Jun of China late Wednesday to grab solo leadership after the 4th round of the 1st HD Bank Chess Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Gomez, who used the black pieces to subdue Zhao, now has a total of 4 points on 4 straight wins.

The De La Salle University (DLSU) ace is playing under the banner of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. – By Marlon Bernardino