Aquino rules ‘Challenger’

December 21, 2018

PRINCE Mark Aquino achieved another milestone when he ruled the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships Challenger Division at the Tiara  Oriental  Hotel in Makati recently.

Aquino finished in a three-way tie for the top spot with Sherwin Tiu and Jerry Areque with 7.5 points out of  nine but clinched the title by virtue of a higher tiebreak score.

Tiu finished second and Areque wound  up third  after the tiebreak.

The three  players, however, pocketed   P36,677 from the combined prize  money for the  top three placers.

Vince Angelo Medina and FM Austin Jacob Literatus  shared fourth to fifth places with seven points apiece.

Completing the Top 10 players are Alexis Emil Maribao and Jayson Visca, who shared sixth to seventh places with  6.5 points; and  Tristan Jared Cervero, Don Tyrone de los Santos and Eric Labog, eighth to 10 th places with six points.

Also in the big group of six pointers are top seed Jose Aquino, Jr., second seed Rodolfo Panopio Jr., Alfredo Rapanot, Natori Biazza Diaz,  Apollo Agapay, and Kevin Mirano.

Other  individual awardees:

Top  female -- Ruth Joy Vinuya (6.5 points).

Top junior -- Jayson Danday (6 points).

Top kiddie --Justine Diego Mordido (5.5 points)

Top senior -- Mario Mangubat (6.5 points).

All top individual awadees received P7,500.

The  tournament  is sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by  Chairman Prospero “Buth”  Pichay, and sponsored by the Philippine Sports  Commisison  (PSC), headed  by Chairman William “Butch”  Ramirez.

Red Dumuk was the tournament organizer.