Sunday, September 20, 2009

GMs Torre, Villamayor sweeps simul chess at Mall of Asia

In an email to this blogger, Marlon Bernardino reports that GM Eugenio Torre and GM Bong Villamayor sweeps all their games held last friday at SM Mall of Asia dubbed as Buhawi and Hagibis Chess Challenge at the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia. The 10 board simultaneous exhibition matches is one of the highlights of Diwa Learning System’s participation in the 30th Manila International Bookfair, slated Sept. 16-20, also at SMX.

Bernardino added that Matthew Luke de Leon, a grade six pupil from La Salle Greehhills was awarded a gold medal by the organizing Diwa Learning System for his impressive showing against Torre, despite the loss. His game with Torre lasted for 40 moves of the Trompovsky opening.

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NATIONAL MASTER Allan Macala and unheralded Jesus Vasquez Jr. captured the title in their respective division at the conclusion of 8th leg of the 2009 Philweb Corporation-Human Plus – National Executive Active Chess Championships last Saturday at the Human Resources Development Conference Room of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Elliptical Road, Quezon Memorial Circle Quezon City.

The Davao City native Macala defeated former solo leader Dandel Fernandez using the white pieces after 50 moves of a Queen’s Pawn Game enroute the Group A title via “winner over the other tie-break points”.

Macala and Fernandez, both tallied 4.0 points in five outings to split the combined prize of P6,000 for the top two finishers.

In the Group B division, Vasquez agreed a quick draw over Ricardo Jimenez to finished 4.5 points and received the top prize of P5,000.

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