AS CORPUS Christi bets dominated the secondary rivalry, public school chessers from outside the city proper stamped their class in elementary category of the pre-fiesta Parents Chess Club inter-school tourney concluded recently at Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.
Khent Lourence Canas of Tagoloan Central School edged out fellow 6-pointer Lawrence Raphael Lawan of West City Central School and Cassey Miguel Tabamo of Bolisong, El Salvador City in the Bucholz tiebreak to pocket the P1,500 top purse in the elementary’s Grade 1-6 level for mixed boys and girls.
Lawan and Tabamo received P1,000 and P800 for second and third place honors, respectively.
Mary Stephanie Dacut of West City Central School and Makainah Rosette Anteri Romulo were tied at 5.5 points each to settle at fourth and fifth slots in the day-long rapid chessfest that attracted around 60 players in elementary division.
Rounding up the top-10 finishers with 5 points apiece were Christopher Castino and Christine Lapore of Bulua Central School, Raphael Jeanne Lasprillas of Cugman Central School, Janrick Lagunay of Puerto Central School, Rowella Mariel Regatuna and Jaeve Joshua Butcon of City Central School.
“Very interesting ang results especially sa elementary level kay nikamada sab ang mga bata outside from the city proper nga mga public schools. Challenge kini sa mga trainers dire mismo sa siyudad,” said arbiter Jun Cuizon.
The Corpus Christi pawnpushers lorded it over in high school skirmishes with Euniel Grant Capilitan and David Rey Ancheta scoring 6.5 and 6 points, respectively, to bag the P1,500 first prize and P1,000 runner-up prize for Grade 7-12, mixed boys and girls.
LJ Getubig of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental tallied 5.5 points for the third prize honor worth P800.
Sharing fourth to seven places at 5 points were Lorebina Carrasco II (Corpus Christi), Janiella Maeren Garcia (Corpus Christi), Paul Andrew Romanda (MOGCHS) and Charles Klent Gabing (Corpus Christi) with Aaron John Dacut, Francois Romel Bautista and Joel Lawrence Hoy of the Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) completing the top-10 circle after edging fellow 4.5 pointers Lyn Getubig, Joseph Alexis dela Rama, Ashlanie Pandi, Rhea Canino and Lance Rafael Magloyuan in the Bucholz tiebreak.
Bankrolled by the Metro Cagayan Eagles Club, the pre-fiesta Parents Chess Club tournament also had special awards given to the top 3 players belonging to the under 10 and under 8 age brackets.
“Karong Sabado puhon (Aug. 17) magtigi na usab ang mga bata sa Mayor’s Cup Cagayan de Oro Fiesta chess tournament nga ato gihapong suportahan at same venue sa Ketkai,” said tournament coordinator Glenn Escarda Sr.