Acedo, Caingles bag chess titles

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


JOHN Gerard Acedo of Bukidnon State University lived up to his billing while unheralded Janes Hitfield Caingles pulled off a surprise by bagging the junior titles of the recently-concluded Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte 77th Araw ng Dabaw Youth Active Chess Championships held at the Davao Wisdom Academy (DWA).

The top-seeded Acedo, who hails from Davao City, tallied 5.5 points to rule the junior boys class of the the six-round Swiss System format competition organized by Blue Knight Chess Club director and FNA Ronnie Tabudlong.

University of Mindanao's Adrian John Yap, seeded 15th, edged fellow five-pointer 11th-seeded Earl Rhay Mantilla of DWA via superior tiebreaks to grab the runner-up honors while the latter finished third.

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Fourth-seeded Tadeco National High School bet Carl Zirex Sato occupied the solo fourth spot with 4.5 points while Holy Cross of Sasa's James Rhay Bantugan led four-pointers Jimzon Tringia of the Holy Cross of Davao College and Bhing Joel Gimony of Jose Maria College to share the fifth to eighth places.

Acedo pulled off wins over HCDC's Trangia, UM's Yap and Exiquila Apao, DWA's Mantilla and Davao City National High School's Michael John Varquez before splitting the point with Sato in the final sixth round.

Third-seeded Caingles, for her part, earned 5.0 to win the junior girls crown over top-seeded Joerlz Gimony of JMC (4.5) and second-seeded Marianne Jasmin Infiesto of Ateneo de Davao University (54.0) who placed second and third, respectively.

In the kiddies division, Davao Central College's Eric Yngayo, Jr. and cousin Irish Yngayo topped their respective events. Second-seeded Eric captured the boys title over fellow 5.5 scorer top-seed Allen Daven de Asis of DWA. Eric edged De Asis with better tiebreaks, 15-14. De Asis finished second instead while Kurt John Placencia of the Magallanes Elementary School (4.5) was third in the 23-player field.

Eric outclassed Aaron Japeth Caresosa of Panabo Faith Academy in the sixth round after forcing a fifth round draw with De Asis and besting Jeff Daniel Vitor of Notre Dame of Kidapawan, Placencia, Erbel Liwanan of Emar Learning Center and James Rhie Leigh Sullano of DWA.

No. 1 Irish, meanwhile, accounted for 5.0 points to beat fourth-seeded Florence Faith Guevarra (4.5) and Lorraine Yngayo (4.0) of DCC. Irish eked out wins over Ellyz Blanche Bongato of Stella Maris Academy of Davao, Guevarra, Janna Jane Rose Bautista of Kabacan Elementary School, Queen Peralta of Doña Asuncion Elementary School and Sheila Mae Reyes of DCNHS but she bowed to elder sister Lorraine.

The one-day tournament was sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and sponsored by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO).

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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