2 Cebuanos secure slots to 2017 Asean age group tilt
The 2017 National Age Group Chess Championships (NAGCC) Grand Finals officially closed yesterday with Cebuano bets shutout from the major titles in the weeklong event at the Robinson’s Galleria Cebu.
Despite the poor performance of the host bets, Cebu still managed to send two entries to the 2017 ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Vietnam later this year after University of San Carlos-Basic Education’s (USC-BED) Jave Merick Peteros and Laila Camel Nadera managed to win silvers in their respective divisions.
Peteros finished his 11-round campaign with 8.0 points in the under-14 boys division behind Cavite’s Daniel Quizon of Cavite who tallied 9.5 points. Peteros won the final two rounds against Joshua Villaran and Richdile Nava to earn enough points for runner-up honors.
Nadera on the other hand, also had 8.0 points in the 18-under girls division won by Women’s FIDE Master (WFM) Allaney Jia Doroy of Surigao Del Sur who gathered 9.5 points. This despite settling only for draws in the final three rounds, including against Doroy in the 10th.
Cebu’s other bets, Jerish John Velarde and John Lester Belano settled for fifth and seventh places in the 12-under boys with 8.0 points. Michael Concio Jr. of Manila topped the division with 13.5 points in 15 rounds. Belano’s younger sister Kristina Concepcion settled for fourth place with 8.0 points in the 11-under girls won by Antonella Berth Racasa with 11 points.
Duane Borgonia and Chris Aldritz Pondoyo landed in sixth and seventh spots in the under-16 boys division. Borgonia has 9.0 points while Pondoyo has 8.5 points in 15 rounds. Christian Mark Daluz of Sorsogon won the division with 12.5 points.
Regina Catherine Quiñanola and Alphecca Gonzales salvaged fourth and sixth with 9.5 and 8.5 points respectively in the 14-under girls ruled by Irish Yngayo of Davao City who tallied 11.5 points in 14 rounds.
Quiñanola’s older sister, Glybel Jane finished sixth in the 16-under girls with 7.0 points while Vic Glysen Derotas placed ninth with 6.5 points. Kylen Joy Mordido of Cavite won the division with 11.5 points in 14 rounds.
Gonzales’ younger sister Spica placed seventh with 3.0 points in the 8-under girls won by Mecel Angela Gadut with 9.0 points.
Adrian Basilgo and Edsel Vosotros placed 10th and 11th in the 18-under boys division with 4.0 points. Jayson Danday of Metro Manila topped the division with 10 points in 13 rounds.
Jethro Esplanada and Allan Pason placed ninth and 10th in the 20-under men’s division with 4.5 and 4.0 points, respectively. National Master (NM) John Marvin Miciano of Davao City dominated the 13-round division with 9.5 points.
KC Morala finished eighth with 7.0 points in the under-20 women’s division ruled by Venice Vicente of Manila who accumulated 10.5 points.
The NAGCC Grand Finals was organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) with the help of local organizer Engr. John Velarde.
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