England v Philippines 1st Women’s Invitational on lichess

The first Series 1 Team Battle was played on 10th October 2020 between the lichess England Women’s and Pinay Queen Philippines teams at time control of 5 + 2, with 12 top females were selected for each team.

The England Women’s Team consisted of:

IM Jovanka Houska, WGM Katarzyna Toma, IM Dagne Ciuksyte, FM Akshaya Kalaiyalahan, WIM Zivile Sarakauskiene, WFM Louise Head, WFM Petra Fink-Nunn, Audrey Kueh, WFM Meri Grigoryan, Zoe Varney, Nadia Jaufarally and Anum Sheikh with an average rating of 2131.

Philippines Women’s Team:

WIM Catherine Secopito, WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda, WIM Antoinette San Diego, WIM Kylen Joy Mordido, WFM Allaney Jia Doroy, WFM Cherry Ann Mejia, WFM Samantha Glo Revita, WNM Francois Marie Magpily, WNM Vic Glysen Derotas, WCM Mira Mirano, AGM Rowelyn Joy Acedo and WFM Elect Ella Grace Moulic with an average rating of 2218.


Two fabulous commentators, GM David Howell and WFM Kanwal Bhatia, analysed games, gave opinions and answered questions throughout the 2 hour match. The match was live on Twitch so the majority of the players could be viewed giving their best efforts. You can find the match commentary on the England Women’s team twitch channel here:


The Philippine Team got off to a flying start, playing quickly, efficiently and berserking to take the lead. Unfortunately, for the England Women Team, they were never able to catch up and the battle finished 195-113 to the Philippines.

England Women’s top 3 scorers were Jovanka on 20 points, Akshaya and Audrey both on 14.

All of the tournament details can be found at the lichess tournament link here: https://lichess.org/tournament/uVDjFaR0