Pascua tops chess tilt

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


HARIDAS Pascua concluded a five-hour chess marathon with a win over Baguio City National High School up and comer Jan Daryl Batula to complete an 18-1 win-draw record in The Right Move: Three Against Many chess simultaneous exhibition game on a Sunday wet afternoon at the University of Baguio gym.

It was a gallant stand for the sophomore Batula, who was the last man standing against the International Master who had his first simul game after nearly 11 years and with kid wizards Bea Mendoza and Brylle Gever Vinluan in the event organized by eponymous Publications and Media Works.

“Thank you for coming despite the bad weather,” said Pascua before the opener and after the performance of fellow PHL squad, the wushu seniors and juniors teams, one of them fellow UB student Faith Liana Andaya.

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Mendoza won all her 11 assignments in a span that lasted more than three hours, even as Vinluan fell to UB college varsity players Rodnel Bueno and Clymar John Manipon, defeats that were the only blemish in what was supposed to be a pristine record for him and the three.

“They were supposed to be in the Pascua group, but his (Pascua’s) field is already top heavy,” admitted coach-trainor Ronaldo Alvez, referring to his college players Bueno and Manipon, nearly five years Vinluan’s seniors.

Bueno as the first to win took a Nokia 5200 phone courtesy of Rotaract Club of City of Pines, which also provided a P600 worth of cell card cards for Manipon for beating Vinluan in the event backed by MnB Productions, UB as well as Camp John Hay Development Corporation.

“But that was good enough a performance for a first timer. Now he learns valuable lessons in playing better in a simul game because there is always a strategy and it is different from a regular game,” added Alvez.

Despite the inclement weather with heavy rains pelting the city as early as dawn Sunday that continued the whole day, some 43 players turned in at the UB gym for the school’s first hosted chess simul.

Pascua got the bulk at 19 which was a mix of elementary, high school and college varsity players as well as veteran chess lovers, who frequent competitions.

Pascua is leaving for Malaysia next month for a possible GM norm, while Mendoza will fly for Durban, South Africa for the World Youth Chess Championship. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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