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Saturday, May 26, 2012
BOTH defeated in their final round matches, unheralded Gian Patrick Espiritu and Cedric Abao still managed to complete their amazing run in students' rivalries of the 1st Mayor Dongkoy Emano Cup Summer chess tournament concluded Sunday at SM City.
The 11-year-old Espiritu of Xavier University Grade School yielded to Ronald Canino of Little Me School in Barangay Kauswagan. Abao, 13, of Regional Science High School in Barangay Gusa found his match with Ianbert Capricho of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS).
Traditionally, it's strange for the pacesetters to give up a full point in the event's culmination. Although Espiritu and Abao's 7-game win streak were too much to stop them from clinching the elementary and secondary crowns at the expense of their more illustrious rivals.
"For quite a while already, they've been lurking in the shadows of their fancied chess mates at the Capitol Park. Finally, their time to shine comes in the Mayor's Cup," said Capitol chess trainor Johnnel Balquin in dialect.
Even chief arbiter Lorenzo "Jun" Cuizon was amazed by the new twist of development.
"I think, first time ni nga lahi na sab nga mga dagway ang nangdaug sa age-group level. Nag-evolve na gyod atong chess sa dakbayan," Cuizon said.
With Espiritu's 8th-round loss, Canino and Emmanuel Acierto, winner over Kennard Troy Ibaoc, were able to catch him at 7 points. But the quirks of the Bucholz tiebreak favored Espiritu to secure his first major victory of the year.
"Kulbahinam gyod kaayo kay pagka-peldi n'ya sa last round tulo naman sila nag-tie at 7 points. Ampo lang gyod ko," said Espiritu's ever supportive Aunt Yvette who never get tired in accompanying the "little boy" to any chess activities in the locality since he was 7 years old.
With same output, Espiritu, Canino and Acierto equally divided among themselves the pooled P2,200 cash prizes for the top three finishers.
Sharing 4th to 7th places with identical 6.5 points were Adrian Othniel Yulo, Vincent Salcedo, Alwyn Dave Borres and Joshua Araneta. Rounding up the top 15 were Ibaoc, James Christian Tacugue, Bhea Buen Ecal, Honey Grace Baclayo, Christine Delos Reyes, Janyl Dela Ciera and Jemina Japay who all scored 6 points.
On the other hand, Abao emerged as solo champion to pocket the P1,500 top purse.
Bundled at 6.5 points were Edcel John Amper, Harold Taganas and Ianbert Capricho who got P600 apiece, while fellow 6 pointers Romeo Canino, Julie Anne Opema, Kenneth Norman Honculada and Jayson Lagahid occupied 5th to 8th places.
More than 400 board players from Cagayan de Oro and the province of Misamis Oriental participated in the three-day chessfest, featuring the Open division won by National Master Levi Mercado via tiebreaker over fellow 7 pointers Silverio Abasolo, Fide Master Lyndon Lumancas and Joseph Maestrado.
"Without a doubt, the Mayor's Cup was a big success so, we're proud to tell everyone that we're obliged to do this again in the near future," overall event director Gerardo "Boboy" Sabal told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro. (Lynde Salgados)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 26, 2012.