Lopez tops Felis open chess

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Monday, February 17, 2014


HENRY Roger Lopez of Panabo City scored perfect six points to emerge champion in the 1st Felis Resort Complex Rapid Open Chess Championship held Sunday at the Felis Beach Resort Complex conference hall in Matina Aplaya.

The fifth-seeded Lopez, a Southeast Asian Paralympic Games gold medalist, outclassed Ferdinand Leysa in the sixth and final round after beating second-seeded national master (NM) Alexander Lupian, Ruel Nuttal, Samuel Yu, Danilo Engay, Jr. and James Rhey Bantugan in earlier matches of the six-round Swiss System format competition.

"Kondisyon lang ko naka-recover sa first round na losing na ungta ko kaayo, mao to naka momentum ug pasok sa preparasyon sa mga nisunod na rounds (I was able to recover my first round where I was about to lose then I gained momentum for the succeeding rounds)," Lopez said via Facebook yesterday.

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He said the first and fourth rounds were the most difficult matches for him, adding, "In the fourth round against Nuttal, I offered tenacious resistance when he was attacking my king but my opponent got frustrated so it was my turn to make counter attacks."

Lopez received a trophy and a cash prize of P10,000 while Davao City's Reynaldo Quinonez took the runner-up prize of P4,000 by tallying 5.5 points while international master (IM) Kim Steven Yap edged six other five-pointers to place third in the one-day event sponsored by Felis Beach Resort Complex CEO Severino "Bong" Domingo.

National master (NM) Lyndon Sombilon, James Infiesto, Reynaldo Gempero, Jr., Yu and Cirilo Enobio placed fourth to ninth place, respectively.
Leysa finished 10th in the chessfest that attracted a total of 103 players.

Kurt John Placencia, who placed 30th with four points, was named best kiddies player while Mary Israel Palero, who finished 26th with four points, was hailed best female player.

Another four-pointer, John Gerard Acedo, occupied the 18th spot to clinch the best junior award.

FNA Ronnie Tabudlong was tournament director while FNA/NM Prospero "Bebot" Cruz was chief arbiter of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP)-sanctioned tournament held in cooperation with the Davao City Sports Council Inc.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 18, 2014.

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