LINGAYEN – International Master (IM) Ronald Dableo from Manila bagged the open division championship title while Chester Neil Reyes from Bugallon topped the kiddies’ category in the 10th Amado Espino Open Chess Championship held at the Wellness Center within Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) on December 29-30.
The open chess tourney was the culminating event of the four-month 8th Pangasinan Chess Festival.
Open Division champion IM Dableo (2nd from right) and Kiddie’s Division champion Reyes (2nd from left) receive their trophies cash prizes.)
IM Paulo Bersamina from Pasay City won second place.
Dableo received a trophy and P25,000 while Bersamina took home trophy and P20,000. IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, former champion, landed on the third rank, NM David Elorta occupied the fourth rank and FM Christopher Castellano settled for the fifth spot.
Apart from the trophies, 3rd to 5th rankers in the open category received P15,000, P10,000 and P8,000, respectively.
In the kiddie’s category, another kid from Bugallon, Mark Gerald Reyes bagged second place followed by Paul Matthew Llanillo from Biñan, Laguna.
The top three kid woodpushers took home individual trophies and cash prizes of P10,000, P8,000, and P5,000, respectively.
Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) Executive Dir. Modesto M. Operania led the awarding rites.
The top winners in open division: 1st, IM Ronald Dableo (Manila); 2nd, IM Paulo Bersamina (Pasay City), 3rd, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia (Manila); 4th, NM David Elorta (Makati); 5th, FM Christopher Castellano (Rizal); 6th, NM Emmanuel Emperado (Manila); ( 7th, NM Giovanni Mejia (Pangasinan).
The top winners in kiddie category: 1st, , Chester Neil Reyes ( Bugallon); 2nd, Mark Gerald Reyes (Bugallon); 3rd, Paul Matthew Llanillo (Biñan); Justine Diego Mordido (Dasmariñas); 5th, Haldrich Luke Cunanan (Taguig); 6th, Luis Andrew Berdon (Lingayen) 7th. Ruth Joy Vinuya (Quezon City)
Top senior prize was won by Juan Caunte (Caloocan) while Artemis Calix Calub (Urdaneta) won special prize in under five years old and below; and Shiela Gene Paragas (Lingayen) was cited as the youngest contestant.
At the opening ceremonies on December 29, Governor Amado Espino, III pledged to further support and expand chess clinics and chess tournaments under the Pangasinan Chess Festival in the province.
He said the usual two-day chess activities will be extended to to three or more days to further accommodate the growing number of participants.
Espino commended chessers from outside Pangasinan for their constant support to the program for the benefit of young talents towards mastery in chess.
“Sana sa bawat pagbalik niyo rito ay may nakikilala rin kayong kaibigan,” he said noting that more than teaching theories and added skills, promoting friendship is one of the objectives of the chess tournament.
Espino was joined by Asean Master Brylle Gever Vinluan ,8th Pangasinan Chess Championship – open category champion in leading the ceremonial move. (PIO/SMDG)
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