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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


RHENZI Kyle Sevillano is aiming high on his second try to give the Philippines the glory in an international chess competition.

As reward for winning the National Age Group Chess Championship Under-16 competition last month, Sevillano earned the right to represent the country in the Assocation of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) Age Group Chess Championship 2014 that will be held in Sands Cotai Central in Macau on June 3-12.

Not only will he be fighting for top honors for his nation, but winning would give him
enough credits to become a Fide Master.

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Sevillano is being backed by Tuburan Mayor Aljun Diamante, who has helped the young chess player in his tournaments.

“Dako kaayo namo nga dungog sa Tuburan ang gihatag ni Kyle. That is why everytime he has a tournament, I would not have second thoughts of helping him in anyway I can. A little financial help would motivate him somehow,” said Diamante, the president of League of Mayors in Cebu, during the send-off press conference Tuesday evening at Pino Restaurant in Lahug.

Inspired by Tuburan kids winning Palarong Pambansa gold medals in 2012, Diamante started throwing his support on the sports program of his municipality. He recently tapped tennis coach Dodong Ruelan to train Tuburan junior players.

For his part, Sevillano is confident he could deliver his promise.

“Kaya ra ang competition. Kon pwede lang gyud champion ta. Tarongon gyud nako og duwa,” said the incoming high school senior of the University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department (USC-BED) said.

Aside from the championship, Sevillano is also chasing a title in this tournament.

“Kon mo champion si Kyle ani nga tournament mahimo na siya nga titled player, mahimo na siya nga Fide Master,” said Sevillano’s father, Napoleon.

Sevillano will be joined by his runner-ups Daryl Unix Samantila of Manila and Brylle Gever Vinluan of Pangasinan as representatives of the Philippines in the U-16 competition, competiting against the other qualifiers from Asean and non-Asian countries like China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, India among others.

Aside from Sevillano, the other bets from Cebu are John Jerish Velarde who topped the Boys U-8 competition and Cassey Manlosa who placed third in Girls U-8 tournament.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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