VISITING Cebuano chesser Remzie Kyle Sevillano emerged champion in the 1st Negros Integrated Chess Association’s (Nica) 12-under Negros Kiddies Open Chess Tournament over the weekend at the Sea Breeze Hotel, Bacolod City.

Savillano received P3,000 cash, a digital chess clock, glass trophy and a painting by Gwen Decena after notching 7.0 points in the seven-round Swiss system game to lead all chessers in the tournament.

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While Bago City Chess Club bet Harvey Capistrano finished with 6.5 points for the second place and brought home P2,000 cash, a digital chess clock, glass trophy and a painting by Tatang Talanquines.

Meanwhile, Cadiz City’s John Francis Saravia and Kristel Herrera took the third and fourth place after scoring 6.0 points apiece with 27 and 26 Fide points, respectively.

Saravia was awarded P1,000 cash, a digital chess clock, glass trophy and a sculpture by Mikiboy Pama while Herrera took P500 cash, a mechanical chess clock, glass trophy and a painting by Plep Daclosan.

Also in top 10 finishers were Bacolod City’s Karl Mitchelle Gendrala (6.0), Shaun Tan (6.0), Edgar Escobia Jr. (6.0), Steven Lambayong (6.0) and Stevenson Garong (6.0) and La Carlota City’s Clyde Cordero (6.0).

The youngest player was five-year-old Adam Noah Belano while most discipline player was Aliah Grace Belano, all from La Castellana town.

A total of 160 chess geniuses drawn boards with Cadiz City and St. Scholastica Academy awarded as the most number of participants while Cebu was the farthest participating team.

The two-day tourney scheduled on February 27-28 and dubbed “All Chess players are Artist but not All Artist are Chess Players” aims to discover and develop new breed of woodpushers from Negros Occidental to spark in the future national and international competitions.

At present, the province had produced seven national masters that include Rodrigo Atutubo, Allan Severino and Sander Severino (FIDI Master) from Silay City; Edwin Tan and Nouri Amid from Escalante City; Cadiz City’s Byet Lavega and Rodolfo Toledo from Bacolod City.

According to Nica president Tibor Espinosa that the event was successful because of the help and cooperation of its member clubs led by his C.O.W. Chess Club, Bago City Chess Club of Ray Hofileña, Talisay Chess Club headed by Enrico Pueda, Escalante Chess Club of Blas Plaza, Negros Chess Society of Philip Caudilla, La Carlota Chess Club of Elmer Cordero, Silay Chess Club of Marvin Ting, Calatrava Chess Club headed by Danny Dato-on, Sum-ag Chess Club of Ted Ian Montoyo, La Castellana Chess Club of Dexter Belanio, Sagay Chess Club of Rito Penano and the Sugarlandia Chess Club of Renato Anoran.

He was also thankful to Sea Breeze Hotel, International Pharmaceutical Inc. maker of Bioderm Soap and Wip Insect repellant, Konsepto Multimedia, Colgate-Palmolive and Pwersa Pintura for their support to the tournament.