Pestaño: Beautiful lady players

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

THE Philippines has the bragging rights of having the most beautiful ladies in the world, at least for this year.

The latest winner to an international beauty pageant was Bea Rose Santiago, who was crowned Miss International 2013 last Dec. 17 in Tokyo, Japan.

Earlierm Miss Philippines Supranational 2013 was won by Mutya Johanna Datul, who won over 80 contestants held in Minsk, Belarus last Sept. 6.

Another big winner was  Megan Young who was crowned Miss World 2013 last Sept. 18 in Bali, Indonesia, the first Filipina to win this major title.

The other winners were Ariella Arida, who was third runner-up in the Miss Universe, Ali Forbes, who was also third runner-up in the Miss Grand International, Koreen Medina, who was third runner-up in the Miss Intercontinental, along with other beauty queens Joanna Miranda, Angelee Claudette de los Reyes and Maria Isabelle Mendoza.

In a previous article, I wrote about beautiful chess players, and I was the sole judge to that.

This article, however, is based on a poll among chess players worldwide who voted for the most beautiful female chess player. Here are the ladies who emerged as the Top 10 winners and the percentage they got.

Vesna Rozic (17%), Sanja Dedijer (14%), Natalia Pogonina (13%), Mariam Mansur (9%), Anna Sharevich (9%), Alexandra Kosteniuk (8%), Shahnova Sabrinova (5%), Sophie Milliet (4%), Andjelija Stojanovic (3%) and Maria Belen Sarquis (2%). There were other nominees but they got less than 2 percent.

WIM Rozic from Slovenia was in the limelight this year appealing for contributions from the chess community after being diagnosed with metastatic peritoneal cancer. She needed the money for extra cycles of chemotherapy. Sadly, the efforts from the doctors and the support from the chess community were not enough. She died last August. Still, I am honoring her.

Dedijer of Bosnia was voted most photogenic in the Dresden Olympiad 2008 and is a top favorite among Pinoys.

Pogonina is a Russian WGM and is a chess columnist at She played a chess match against the world in the internet numbering over 1,000 in 2009 and won.

Mansur is from United Arab Emirateswhile Anna Sharevich is a WGM from Belarus.

Kosteniuk is a GM and a former world champion, who believes in the motto “beauty and intelligence can go together.”

Sabrinova is from Uzbekistan and voted babe of the week in in 2009, while Stojanovic is a WGM from Serbia and a three-time national champion. Sarquis is a WIM from Argentina.

Millet was the national woman champion in France in 2011.

Inter Cities and Towns. A team tournament will be held tomorrow and Sunday at Tuburan town plaza starting at 1 p.m. among cities and municipalities except Cebu City. The format will be five-round Swiss or round robin depending on the number of participants. Time control is 30 minutes plus 5 seconds increment.

Each team will have 4 players plus an alternate .Selected players must be a voter of the town that they will represent although they can import one player from the outside.

If a player is a minor, the immediate relative must be a voter of that town. A certificate of registration from the town or city must be submitted.

Registration is P1500 per team.

Prizes are P30,000 for the champion plus trophy. Second –fifth will get P20,000,P10,000,P6,000 and P4,000 respectively.

Boards 1 and 2 winners will receive P1,000 each while boards 3 and 4 will get P750 each.

Sponsors are Mayor Democrito “Aljun” Diamante And vice-mayor Danny Diamante.

For more details and registration contact Marvin Ruelan 09267352951


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 27, 2013.


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