Dimakiling bags 3rd Open title

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Monday, February 10, 2014


DAVAO City's international master (IM) Oliver Dimakiling captured the title of the 6th Kidapawan Open Chess Championship held over the weekend at the Kidapawan Convention Center in Kidapawan City.

Dimakiling, who is an expectant father, tallied a total of 7.5 points in the nine-round Swiss System format tournament. He received a cash prize of P15,000 and a gold medal.

The top-seeded Dimakiling was unbeaten as he eked out six wins over Ferdinand Leysa of Koronadal, South Cotabato, Henry Roger Lopez of Panabo City, fellow Dabawenyo national master (NM) Macacuna Macala, Michael Gastala of Koronadal City, Philip John Leyson of Kidapawan City and Ed Vincent Lepalam of Cebu City. He also forced three draws with second-seeded IM Kim Steven Yap of Cebu City in the ninth round, NM Rustum Tolentino of Misamis Oriental in the third and Ricardo Arce, Jr. of Cotabato City in the first round.

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Manila-based Dimakiling said in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, "Ikatulong titulo na nako ni sa Kidapawan Open. Medyo kapoy tong first day kay gikan pa pud ko sa Bohol uban sa akong misis. Daghan kong na-miss nga tira. Maayo lang pud wala ko makakomit ug costly blunders ug nakarekober ko sa ikaduhang adlaw (This is my third Kidapawan title. It was a tiring first day for me in the tournament as we came straight from Bohol with my wife. I made some errors but I'm glad I didn't commit costly blunders and I recovered the following day)."

Dimakiling and his wife came to Davao after the Bohol trip to spend some time with the player's family here. He, however, was invited by one of the Kidapawan Open organizers who happens to be their wedding godparent.
Fellow Davao City player Harrison Maamo finished with 7.0 points to pocket the runner-up prize of P10,000 while Cebuano Yap bested two other 6.5 scorers Lopez and Macala via superior tiebreaks to place third and take home P5,000. Lopez and Macala came fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 43-player annual event organized as part of the 16th foundation anniversary celebration of Kidapawan City.

Rounding up the top 10 were Leyson, NM Bob Jones Liwagon of Cotabato City, Tolentino and Davao City chessers Lyndon Sombilon and third-seeded NM Alexander Lupian who each earned six points.

The Kidapawan Chess Club, Inc. and Batch `85 of Notre Dame of Kidapawan Boys and Girls High School Alumni Association, Inc. jointly organized the two-day tournament sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

Dimakiling will next see action in the Vietnam Open on March 9 to 15.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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