Roque rules VMA Chess Open

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Monday, February 10, 2014


NATIONAL Master Merben Roque gave away a draw on his final assignment against fellow NM Rogelio Enriquez Jr. but still won the Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca)-organized 2nd VMA Power Open Chess Tournament last Sunday at the Colonnade Mall in Colon St.

Roque (2256), a former Shell National Active Youth Chess champion, finished with 8.5 points to rule the 132-man field and pocketed the P6,000 top prize.

Although he failed to take away the title from Roque, Enriquez (2148) took home the solo second place and the P4,000 cash prize after finishing with 7.5 points.

Six players tied for the third to the eighth places - Edsel Montoya (2235), Richard Natividad (2217), Bonn Tibod (1997), Rommel Ganzon (2314), Bryle Arellano (2102) and Venancio Loyola (2049) after finishing with 7.0 points each. However, Montoya’s higher tie break points earned him the third place.

Fide Master Anthony Makinano (2248), a former Palarong Pambansa gold medalist, and NM Venerando Malinao (2121) completed the top 10 finishers after scoring a total of 6.5 points apiece.

Those who made it to the top 20 after scoring 6.0 points are Felix Shaun Balbona, Allan Salientes, Carlos Moreno III, Ronald Ganzon, Yves Fiel, Jethro Esplanada, Ramil Wadim, Vincent Balena, Diego Claro and Omar Buenaventura.

Khalid Ontawor, Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano, William Retanal, Jr., Andrew Balbona, Erwin Ababat, Eden Diano, Ceferino Vizco, Jr., Spencer de Guzman, Jimmy Ty, Jr., Hector Villamora, and Romulo Piala also made it to the top 30.

Sevillano and Andrew Balbona emerged as the top kiddie players with 6.0 points. Jimmy Ty and Romulo Pialan were the best performing Cepca members with 5.5 points, while Shaira Mansalud was the brightest among the female entries with with 5.0 points.

The two-day tournament was sponsored by Engr. Marvyne “Suntzu” Guardiana of the VMA Power Group of Companies and run by Cepca .

The games were supervised by chief arbiter FA Marvin Ruelan.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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