JUDITH PINEDA of Olongapo City, Mc Dominique Lagula of Far Eastern University and Xavier John Verdun of Bacolod City emerged winners in the 1st Pineda-Santos-Camer Rapi Chess Tournament last Sunday at the Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School (RMCHS) in Quezon City.
The reigning Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Pineda, the pride of g4 chess club, actually finished in four-way tie for first along with Maria Antonette San Diego, Carina Lauren Lumacad and Mary Grace Castro who tote 5.0 points each, however, the former (Pineda) took the championships’ trophy in the women’s division after winning the bucholz tie break points of this seven-round event supported by Sydney-based Angelito “Anji” Camer, Texas- based former two-time Olympian member WNM Cristina Santos and China-based Joel Pineda, in close cooperation with Filway Marketings Inc. CEO/President Hector “Chito” Tagaysay, Dickies Vice President Dody Arcaya, Cebuano sportsman Matias “Bombi” Aznar, Mayor Dental Clinic, Chess Library, Eureka Chess set General Manager Pacito Madrono, Marikina Chess Federation head Johnny “Joel” Gaudia, Meralco Chess Club, Barangay Alabang chairman Victor Ulanday, Dr. Alfred Paez, Dr. Bong Perez, CDC Holdings Inc., Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School (RMCHS) chess club, g4 chess club, Multivitamins and Billiard Philippines.
Lagula, on the other hand, pocketed P2,000 plus a trophy for topping the kiddies 14-year-old and below class with perfect 7.0 points.
Verdun also won P6,000, trophy plus a new pair of shoes for dominating the non-master division with 6.5 points.
The event, supervised by NM Rudy Ibanez, Raul Cruz, Milo Samaniego and Gatz Luz, attracted 229 participants on account of 112 non-master, 86 kiddies and 31 womens players despite the heavy rain in the Metro Manila and provinces.
One of the highlights of the events is the handling of citations to the this year’s Turkey World Youth age group representative Paulo Bersamina and Jean Karen Enriquez.
Asia’s First GM Eugene Torre, RMCHS batch 68 alumni, Quezon City councilor’s Bayani Hipol, Vincent Belmonte and Edcel Lagman led the opening rites.
Quezon City mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, vice-mayor Herbert “Bistik” Bautista, congresswoman Nanette Castelo-Daza, councilor’s Bernadette Hererra-Dy, Bong Suntay, Babes Malaya and Dante de Guzman failed to attend the opening rites.MARLON BERNARDINO
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