Oberio bags PNG jr. chess gold

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014


DAVAO City-born AglipayOberio tallied six points to clinch the juniors boys standard gold medal at the close of the 2014 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games chess competition at the Makati Coliseum Sunday.

The third-seeded Oberio, whose family resides at the Island Garden City of Samal, tallied six points, besting 77 other junior players entered in the seven-round Swiss System format competition.

Top-ranked Jose Carlo Castro of the Far Eastern University edged four other 5.5 scorers Prince Mark Aquino and Jonathan Jota of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Allan Pason of Lapu-Lapu City and Ricardo Batcho via superior tiebreaks. Aquino placed second while Jota, Pason and Batcho took the next three places.

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The De La Salle University mainstay Oberio was unbeaten, grabbing five wins over Jusmel Christian Fronda of the University of the East, John Michael Magpily of Makati City, Paul Benjamin Casiano of the University of the Philippines, Carl Terence Valdellon and Dale Bernardo; and splitting points with Romy Fagon of LPU and Jeazzir Kline Surposa.

In the girls' event, third-seeded Nikki Erica Yngayo of Davao City placed sixth, earning five points along with three others. Top-seeded Gladys Hazelle Romero lived up to her billing to pocket the gold after registering six points while second-seeded Shania Mae Mendoza and sixth-seeded Enrica Villa, which got identical 5.5 points, went home with the silver and bronze, respectively.

Yngayo axed five wins and absorbed two losses.

DLSU player Franz Robert Grafil, meanwhile, captured the elite gold with 6.5 points while grand master (GM) Rogelio Antonio, Jr. (6.0) took the silver and international master (IM) Joel Pimentel (5.5) salvaged the bronze.

Davao City's IM Oliver Dimakiling, however, slumped at 17th place in the National Chess Federation of the Philipines (NCFP)-organized event.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 21, 2014.

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