Sevillano salvages silver medal in Macau

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


RHENZI Kyle Sevillano salvaged a silver medal in the 2014 Asean+ Age Group Chess Championship Standard tournament in Macau, which wrapped up yesterday.

The 15-year-old high school senior of the University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department (USC-BED) finished half a point behind eventual gold medal winner Minh Tu Le of Vietnam with 6.5 points in the Open U16 competition.

Sevillano defeated Tupfah Kumnorkaew of Thailand in Round 8 and Dilwen Ding Tze How of Malaysia in the final round last Monday after his defeat to Le last Sunday.

After his win over Sevillano, Le defeated another Filipino player Ahmad Ali Azote in Round 8 and Kumnorkaew in the final round to finish with 7.0 after nine matches.

However, in yesterday’s Rapid Competition, Sevillano was currently at the top of the standings with 3.5 points after four rounds.

Sevillano was protecting his lead in the 25-minute time-controlled tournament that had three more rounds played as of press time. Round 5 was played at 4 p.m. yesterday with Sevillano and Wei Bin Ong of Malaysia having 3.0 points after the morning matches.

Sevillano defeated compatriot Daryl Unix Samantila in Round 1, Anh Trung Pam of Vietnam in Round 2, drew compatriot Brylle Gever Vinluan in Round 3 and defeated Le in Round 4.

Sadly, it was only Sevillano who brought a medal back to Cebu as U8 top bet Jerish John Velarde finished only at eighth place with 6.0 points.

Casey Manlosa finished ninth with 5.0 points in the Girls U8; Alphecca Gonzales placed 16th in the Girls U10 after scoring only 4.0 points in the Girls U10; while Glesit Marie Tatoy scored only 4.5 points to finish 13th overall in the Girls U12.

After the morning session of the Rapid competition yesterday, Velarde was currently at eighth place with 3.0 points; Manlosa was at 15th place with only one win after four rounds; Gonzales was at sixth with 2.5 points and Tatoy was at 11th place with 2.0 points.

Today, the Cebuano delegates will try to make waves in the tournament’s final event – the Blitz tournament which will have a five-minute time control to finish the game.

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

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