PANABO City bets national master (NM) Jonathan Tan and arena grand master (AGM) Henry Roger Lopez finished first and second, respectively, at the close of the 2nd Atty. Alan Quarantine Invitational Online Blitz Tournament held Saturday, May 9.
Tan garnered a total of 55 points in 16 matches played via chess.com, which attracted a total of 21 players in Mindanao.
Lopez, a 39-year-old 2018 Jakarta Asian Para Games double team gold medalist, earned 35 points, while Eric Fernandez of Davao City placed third with 33.
Tan received a cash prize of P800, while Lopez got P600 and Fernandez settled with 33.
The champion grabbed 15 wins and one draw in the chessfest organized by Dabawenyo lawyer Jong Guevarra Jr., sponsored by lawyer Alan Cabiten and facilitated by Ely Acas.
Tan demolished Ariel Aton, Johnny Rey Salud (twice), Chris Yap (twice), Rey De Guzman (thrice), Fernandez, James Infiesto, Reyeshevsky, Roy Urbiztondo (twice), Jimmy Dano and Monica Lorraine Togonon.
He drew with Lopez in 13 moves.
Tan, however, faced a tough opponent in Aton of Davao City whom he defeated in 46 moves.
Trailing behind were Infiesto (29 points), a National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director, in fourth, De Guzman (26) fifth, Aton (25) sixth, NM Alexander Lupian (22) seventh, Dano (21) eighth, Salud (20) ninth and Urbiztondo (18) 10th.