Dimakiling governs Sabah rapid chess-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
DAVAO City's international master (IM) Oliver Dimakiling emerged champion in the Sabah Grande Chess Open 2013 held Sunday in Sabah, Malaysia.
The top-seeded Dimakiling pocketed the top prize of $1,000 for his feat as he tallied 7.5 points in the nine-round Swiss System format competition.
Dimakiling was undefeated, only forcing draws with Malaysians Yit San Fong and Che Hassan Abdullah in the third and ninth rounds, respectively, and also splitting the point with fourth-seeded compatriot Nelson Villanueva in the eighth.
“The win is a blessing ‘coz I’m saving up for my Dec. 7 wedding,” Dimakiling told Sun.Star Davao via Facebook Tuesday.
Mohd Kifflee Awang Mohd Syafie (first round), Kamin Al Kamil (second), Sahim Wising Abdul (fourth), Nik Abd Aziz Nik Ahmad Farouqi (fifth), Li Tian Yeoh (sixth) and third-ranked IM Mas Hafizulhelmi (seventh) also fell at the hands of the Dabawenyo ace.
Villanueva, for his part, edged three other seven-pointers via superior tiebreaks to grab the runner-up honors in the event organized by the Sabah Chess Association. Hafizulhelmi, Che, and Fide Master Nicholas Chan took the next three spots followed by 6.5 scorers Li, Zaidan Zulkipli, Sumant Subramaniam and Ahmad Fadzil Nayan for the sixth to ninth places.
Yit bested fellow six-pointers Ag. Hamid Mohd Ilyas, Masrin Erowan, David Chen, Abdul Wahab Abu Bakar, Mohd Saprin Sabri, Wan Leong Mun, and Arajah Abdul Shukor for the 10th place.
A total of 88 woodpushers joined the chessfest.
Dimakiling, a former De La Salle University standout, finished fourth in the Mindanao Chess Open held in Kidapawan City recently. He topped the Cebu Open in July and the Kidapawan Open in February this year.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 18, 2013.