Three-way tie in 4th Mindanao Open

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


NATIONAL master Emmanuel Emperado with rivals Edsel Montoya and Jason Salubre figured in a three-way tie with five points after five rounds in the resumption of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP)-sanctioned National Chess Federation of the Philippines 4th Mindanao Open Chess Championship, Saturday at the Provincial Capitol, Amas, Kidapawan City.

NM Emperado, who hails from Manila City, bested grand masters (GM) Darwin Laylo of Manila and Richard Bitoon of Cebu City in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively, adding yet another two points in his account of scores in the nine-round swiss system format competition organized by the Kidapawan Chess Club Inc. under its president Dr. Ted Calica as part of the Kalivungan Festial 2014.

Cebu City's Montoya, who previously defeated Sheider Nebato, Efren Bautista, Gilbert Sarabillo, and Starjean Candia in the first four rounds, lorded over National Master Nelson Villanueva of Bacolod City to secure another round.

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Panabo City bet Salubreo, for his part, posted convincing wins against tough rivals of International Master (IM) Kim Steven Yap of Cebu and NM Roger Sarip in the fourth and fifth rounds to secure a set atop of the ranking with a perfect slate.

NM Macacuna Macala, IM Ronald Dableo, and NM Roel Filipinas figured in a three-way tie as well at the second spot with 4.5 points. Macala hacked out wins over Manila GM Roland Salvador and Lito Laput of Digos City in the previous two rounds while Dableo pulled off upset wins over Misamis Oriental native Allan Cantonjos and Melchor Arcenas Jr. in his last two round matches.

NM Filipinas tallied wins over Fide Master (FM) Randy Segarra and Geonard Aldave of Caloocan to secure enough point for the second spot.

The annual chess competition offers P40,000 for the champion, P30,000 for the runner-up, P20,000 for the third placer, P10,000 for the fourth placer. The top four placers will also receive trophies. Cash prizes of P7,000, P5,000, P4,000, P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000 will be awarded to the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th placers.

The 11th to 15th placers will also take home P1,000 each along wtih the best make kiddie, female kiddie, male junior, female junior and senior players.

A total of 144 chess enthusiasts participated in this year's competition.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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