HEAD dentist Alfredo “Fred” Paez of Jolly Smile Dental Clinic in Cabuyao City, Laguna, defeated engineer Felipe Adlawan of Sarangani Province in the final round then edged lawyer Cliburn Anthony Orbe of Alabang, Muntinlupa City and Lyndon Sombilon of Davao City on tiebreaks to snare the Davao Leg of the 2018 Alphaland National Executive Chess Championship held at the Jardin del Roca Resort in Toril, Davao City on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Paez, 48, beat Adlawan using the black pieces in their Alekhine defense skirmish.
It was Paez’s first victory in this monthly rapid chess tournament hosted by National Council on Disability Affairs Board of Directors member James Gumatao Infiesto and Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. since it started last January.
The event was organized by Philippine Executive Chess Association (Peca) and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).
"Winning the Peca 10th and final leg made my visit to Davao truly meaningful," Paez said.
Orbe, meanwhile, beat former barangay captain Jaime Joshua Frias of Cagayan de Oro City, while Sombilon who was leading by 1/2 point before the last round but split the point with educator Roumundo Edades.
The triumvirate (Paez, Orbe and Sombilon) tallied five points each but equally divided the total P22,000 for the top three finishers in this Six Round Swiss-system tournament using the 20 minutes plus 5 seconds delay time control format.
Edades and seven-time Philippine executive champion dentist Jenny Mayor finished tied for fourth to fifth with 4.5 points.
Chief Arbiter is Fide National Arbiter Joseph Gener "Jojo" Palero and assisted by Fide National Arbiter Margie Cobrado Narcilla and National Arbiter Alfred Moulic of the Chess Arbiter Union of the Philippines. (PR)