Panabo bet is 2nd after fourth round

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Thursday, January 16, 2014


PANABO City native Henry Roger Lopez grabbed the second spot while fellow Filipino Sander Severino led the men's PD standard event for athletes with physical disabilities after fourth round of the 7th Asean Para Games at the Billiard & Snooker National Stadium, Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar as of yesterday presstime.

The top-seeded Severino scored perfect four points while Lopez and Myanmar's Than Htike Zaw tallied identical three points. Second-seeded Lopez, however, had superior tiebreaks, 10-8.5, to edge14th-ranked Zaw for the second place as the latter settled for third.

Malaysians Chua Heng Meng and Ho Hea King earned 2.5 apiece to take the fourth and fifth place, respectively, while two-pointers Sudirman of and Azhar Panjaitan of Indonesia, Ngo Duc Thang of Vietnam, Zaharuddin Bin Sulaiman of Malaysia, third-seeded Tri Trinh Tran of Vietnam and Ko Zaw of Myanmar shared the sixth to 11th place.

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Lopez bowed to Severino in their third round clash but the Panabo standout bested Ko Maung of Myanmar, Thang of Vietnam and Sudirman of Indonesia in the other rounds.

Severino's other victims were King of Malaysia, Panjaitan of Indonesia and Meng of Malaysia.

Lopez collides with Meng while Severino battles Zaw in the fifth round of the six-round Swiss System format chessfest.

In a chat conversation with Davao City-based friend Alfred Moulic, Lopez said he forced the match with Severino.

"Ingon niya nako wala nalang sya nakipag draw, gipugos gyud daw niya ang dula pero napildi gyud sya (He told me that he did not settle for a draw as he pushed his luck but lost instead)," Moulic told Sun.Star Davao on the sideline of the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at NCCC Mall B3 Center yesterday.

Moulic, however, said Lopez was confident to win a medal in the Games.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director James Infiesto, who hails from Davao City, is chief arbiter of the Para Games chessfest.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 17, 2014.

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