Cebuanos start strong

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


CEBU’s young and aspiring chess players pulled off strong starts in the first two rounds of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Plus Age Group Chess Championships in Sands Cotia Central in Macau.

Led by Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano, the country’s top Under-16 player and Jerish John Velarde, the top Under-8 player, the Cebuano players looked close to fulfilling their respective goals with the result of Rounds 1 and 2.

Sevillano was currently tied with four other players, who had 1.5 points after two rounds in the Under-16 Open competition.

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Velarde, who also had 1.5 points shared the top spot with six other players in the Under-8 Open division.

Casey Manlosa dropped to 7th place after losing in Round 2 in the Girls Uner-8 tournament; Alphecca Gonzales recovered from a first-round loss to move up to the 16th place in the Girls Uner-10; and Glesit Marie was at the 17th place after two draws.

Sevillano opened his campaign with a draw with William Woong Zhi Wei of Singapore before defeating third-seed Pham Minh Hien of Vietnam.

Velarde defeated Haonan Jim of China then drew Tri Nang Dang of Vietnam.

Manlosa, meanwhile, defeated compatriot Arianne Pearl Caalim in Round 1 but lost to Precious Day Yecla in Round 2, Gonzales lost to top seed WCM Tran Gia Thu Phan of Vietnam but won over Yang Ziying of China. Tatoy figured in two draws with Amira Farhang Amirul of Malaysia and Elisabeth Christine of Indonesia.

Today, Sevillano plays Ashvin Sivakumer of Singapore, Velarde against Quang Anh Nguyen of Vietnam, Manlosa faces Ngoc Phuong Nghi Bui of Vietnam, Gonzales will play WCM Jie Yi Goh of Malaysia and Tatoy will go up against Jia Ning Gillian Choy of Singapore.

A total of 50 Filipino players were in Macau to play the best not just in the Southeast Asia but also from China, Kazakshtan, Mongolia, Korea and Australia.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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