Koronadal chesser tops Kadayawan open event-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
KORONADAL City's Cesar Apalla outclassed former Davao City champion Harrison Maamo in the last round to grab his sixth point and claim the championship of the Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Pulonng Duterte Kadayawan Open Chess Tournament that closed Monday at the NCCC Mall Davao Food Cove Hall.
The sixth-ranked Apalla edged fellow six-pointer top-seed Fide Master Randy Segarra of Manila by virtue of the newly-implemented tie-break based on most number of victories. Apalla posted six wins and one loss while Segarra recorded five wins and two draws. Both players, however, received a cash prize of P2,500 each. Apalla got the champion's trophy though while runner-up Segarra settled for a medal.
Rounding up the top 10 were Segarra, NM Bob Jones Liwagon (5.5 points) of Cotabato City, Davao lawyer Melzar Galicia 95.5), Reynaldo Gempero (5.5) of Davao, Ferdinand Leysa (5.5) of General Santos City, NM Macacuna Macala (5.5), Joest Gabuya (5.0) and Maamo (5.0) of Davao City and lady player Mary Israel Palero (5.0) of the Holy Cross of Davao College.
Apalla's other victims were Arnold Fernandez, Solaiman Palawan and Nofre Reyes of Davao City along with Sumail Sekak III and Sumail Sekak Jr. of Cotabato City. Apalla, however, bowed to Galicia in the third round of the Swiss System format competition organized by the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).
NCFP regional director James Infiesto on Tuesday said Galicia, son of former city councilor Emmanuel Galicia Sr., was the biggest surprise of the tournament having defeated former Araw ng Dabaw champ Reynaldo Quinonez of Davao City in the final round.
A total of 81 players competed in the two-day tournament.
Infiesto along with Korina San Miguel of NCCC Mall Davao, Retchelle Rose Gelbolingo of SDD-CMO awarded the prizes to the winners.
The age-group chessfest will get going on Sept. 7 and 8 at the same venue.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 28, 2013.