‘Super Tawing’ slows down

PALAWAN. Cagayan de Oro’s Ruelle Canino (at left) shakes hands with April Joy Claros of Angeles City before the start of their fifth-round match in the Batang Pinoy standard chess event. (Supplied Photo)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Cagayan de Oro’s lone gold-taker after Day 3, Ruelle “Tawing” Canino slowed down a bit on Thursday morning, August 29, absorbing her first defeat in 12-under girls chess competition of the Batang Pinoy 2019 National Championships here.

The 11-year-old Canino, who earlier bagged the gold in rapid event undefeated, yielded to archrival April Joy Claros of Angeles City in the fifth round thus, endangering her quest for another gold finish atop the 64-square-board.

“She’s over crying now. Anyway, there’s still one more round left pero labaw na og half a point si Claros,” said Tawing’s ever supportive mother, Gina Andres Canino.

Canino had the white pieces in a Ruy Lopez opening, but an inferior move via early castling instead of an h4 assault allowed Claros to prevail again in their second Batang Pinoy tiff.

It was the third national event encounter between Claros and Canino with the latter winning just once during their first meeting in a Palarong Pambansa event. (Lynde Salgados)


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