With some 300 participants took part in these two day event, this maybe one of the biggest this year.
BY: MALON BERNARDINO
Final Standing/ rankings in order (300 participants):
8.0 points---GM Darwin Laylo, GM Mark Paragua, GM Wesley So
7.5 points---Merben Roque, NM Ronald Llavanes, IM Chito Garma, Roel Abelgas
7.0 points---IM Richard Bitoon, Rustum Tolentino, Jerry Areque, Nazario Ubanan, Emmanuel Emperado, Mc Do,imigue Lagula, Harrison Maamo, Ali Branzuela, Deniel Causo, Ryan Dungca, Rodolfo Panopio
6.5 points---GM Bong Villamayor…
SAN ROQUE, MARIKINA CITY native Grandmaster Darwin Laylo has retained his Bernabe Chess Cup title after winning the tie break points over runner-up GM Mark Paragua of Quezon City and third placer GM Wesley So of Bacoor, Cavite at the just concluded 2nd Mayor Florencio Bernabe Cup Parañaque Chess Open 2009 at the SM Sucat Activity Center-Building B, Sucat, Paraňaque City, on Sunday.
The triumvirate (GMs Laylo, Paragua and So) tallied 8.0 points in nine outings to split the combined P65,000 purse for the top three finishers. The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sanctioned tournament headed by its president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. is attracted by 300 players and supervised by NAPCA chief Boyet Tardecilla in close cooperation with Barangay Don Bosco Chess Club headed by Dr. Bong Perez.
In the final round, Laylo crushed Nazario Ubanan of Cagayan de Oro City, Paragua demolished Harrison Maamo of Davao City while So defeated Rustum Tolentino of Cagayan de Oro City.
GM So could have been alone in the top but a surprising draw with Philippine Airforce bet NM Ronald Llavanes in the penultimate round cost him the solo championship. The Bicol pride Llavanes, playing under the banner of AFP Commanding General, Philippine Airforce LT. General Oscar Rabena finished into a tie for 4th to 7th placers along with Merben Roque of Cebu, IM Chito Garma of Manila and Roel Abelgas of Binan, Laguna.
Another GM entry Buenaventura “Bong” Villamayor of Mauban, Quezon finished at 19th to 35th placers in the company another PAF bet Allan Cantonjos of Gingoog City and two youthful Jan Emmanuel Garcia of Manila and Marie Joseph Turqueza of Quezon City, among others.
No less than FIDE (World Chess Federation) honorary president Florencio “Pocamps” Campomanes led the opening rites along with NAPCA chief Boyet Tardecilla and Barangay Don Bosco Chess Club headed by Dr. Bong Perez.MARLON BERNARDINO