MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster (GM) John Paul Gomez shares the lead with Chinese GM Yu Yangyi in the 8th round of the ongoing 1st HD Bank Chess Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Gomez settled a truce with GM Zhou Weiqi of China while Yangyi split the point with GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam on Saturday.

Gomez and Yangyi tallied 6.5 points each in the $6,000-top prize tournament.

Earlier, Gomez drew with GM Wen Yang of China in the 7th round while Yangyi toppled Tran Thanh Tu of Vietnam.

“I hope maipanalo ni John Paul ang huling laro niya tungo sa kampeonato,” said Gomez’s backer, National Chess Federation of the Philippines president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. – By Marlon Bernardino