TORIL-BASED Anthony Mosqueda clinched the Group A division title of the first leg of the Beating the Covid-19 Attack Group A Grand Prix Final online chess tournament.
Davao City's Mosqueda, playing with username Toril_DC, earned a total of 21 points to emerge champion in the tournament held via lichess.org and sponsored by lawyer Jong Guevarra Jr., who initiated the meet to provide a venue for chess players to still compete while at the comforts of their homes, even during community quarantine.
Eric Fernandez (fernz_eric) placed second by tallying 12 points, while Edward Tare (elower) finished third with six points.
Mosqueda subdued Tare in first round, Denzel John Amar in third round, Tare in fifth round, Reynaldo Gempero in sixth round, Fernandez in seventh round, Tare in eighth round and Fernandez in ninth round.
But Mosqueda bowed to Fernandez in their Round 2 clash and he also forced a draw with him in the fourth.
Mosqueda received P100 mobile load and a t-shirt, while Fernandez claimed P60 load and Tare settled for P40 load.
Tournament coordinator Ely Acas, in a Facebook interview, said in this chessfest, a regular win is worth two points then a player gets four points after two consecutive wins and a draw is equivalent to one point. A loss is zero.
The group B finals, where Alfred Moulic of Buhangin topped the pre-leg recently, is set on Sunday.