Quiñonez bags Christmas open chess tournament tilt

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Thursday, January 2, 2014


DAVAO City's Reynaldo Quiñonez emerged champion in the just-concluded Davao Christmas Chess Festival at Centerpoint Plaza Matina.

Quiñonez bested three other 4.5 scorers national masters (NMs) Carlo Magno Rosaupan of Misamis Oriental and Cedric Magno of Panabo City and Lyndon Sombilon of Davao City via superior tiebreaks.

Rosaupan finished second instead while Magno and Sombilon placed third and fourth, respectively.

Davao City's Ruel Nuttal, Bienvenido Tipay and Vincent Umayan shared the fifth to seventh place by scoring four points each while 3.5 pointers John Ray Batucan of Davao City, Melchor Arcenas of Cotabato City and Macacuna Macala of Davao City wounded up in the top 10 of the Swiss System format chessfest that drew a total of 52 players.

Davao City native Neptali Batucan III, playing for Cor Jesu College, topped the boys 20-under event with 4.5 points followed by De La Salle University-Manila bets John Marvin Miciano and John Denzel Amar who garnered identical four points. John Ray Batucan, a National University varsity mainstay, and Albert Diolola of General Santos City posted 3.5 points each to take the next two spots.

The girls 20-under title went to DLSU's Rowelyn Joy Acedo, who hails from Buhangin, by scoring perfect five points while Exequila Apao of the University of Mindanao settled for the runner-up honors with four.

Holy Cross of Davao College's Geneses Palero and Ella Grace Moulic each made three points.

Jessa Marie Bautista of Bolton Extension ruled the girls 14-under while Caissa Jane Geuvarra of Toril was second and Florence Faith Geuvarra third. In the boys' side, Earl Rhay Mantilla of Davao Wisdom Academy (4.5) stamped his rivals Kurt John Placencia of Magallanes (4.0) and
Charles Faith Ayon of General Santos (3.5).

In girls 10-under, Queen Peralta of Doña Pilar Sasa swept all her five games to clinch the title even as Charlene Moulic of Buhangin and

Janna Jane Bautista of Bolton Extension shared the second and third spot by scoring three points apiece.

Wesley Magbanua of Los Amigos Mintal, meanwhile, amassed four points while Kyle Patryk Metran of Panabo, John Dale Fernandez of Matina Aplaya and Wendell Jay Magbanua of Los Amigos shared the next three spots.

All winners received cash prizes and trophies in the tournament backed up by James Infiesto of National Chess Federation of the Philippines, city councilor Leonardo Avila III, Rey Urbiztondo, chief arbiter Sammy Yu, Alfred Moulic, lawyer Jong Guevarra, Engr. Alan Diez and Ricky Cacho of Centerpoint Plaza Matina.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 03, 2014.

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