Concio is top Pinoy in Paragua/Barbosa chessfest

July 01, 2020
Concio (left)

EASTERN Asia Junior champion IM Michael Concio, Jr. emerged as the highest-placed Filipino player in the GMs Mark Paragua and Oliver Barbosa online chess tournament at Lichess.

Concio, who rose to prominence by ruling the 2nd Eastern Asia Juniors and Girls Championship in Tanauan, Batangas last Dec. 15, finished in 10th place in the 99-player online-only competition.

The 14-year-old mainstay of the Dasmarinas Integrated High School chess team under veteran coach Roel Abelgas finished ahead of fellow Filipinos NM David Elorta, IM Ronald Dableo, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Sherwin Tiu, IM Paulo Bersamina and GM Darwin Laylo.

GM Nodirbek Adbusattorov of Uzbekistan topped the tournament.

GM ShamsiddinVokhidov, completed a 1-2 finish for the Uzbeks by finishing in second place.

IM Gianmarco Rodriguez of Peru wound up third, followed by IM Yoseph Taher of Indonesia  in fourth and IM Esteban Valderrama of Colombia in fifth.

Also making it to the Top 10 are IM Alexandr Ulanov of Russia, sixth; IM Mitrabha Guha of India, seventh; GM Aleksandr Lenderman of the United States, eighth; IM David Gorodetzky of Israel; and Concio.

Pichay Birthday Cup Battle of GMs runner-up GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. emerged as the Top Senior, edging IM Chito Garma.

The other awardees were:

Top female -- WFM Cherry Ann Mejia, champion; and WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda, runner-up.

Top kiddie -- IM Aditya Mittal of Indinesia, champion: and FM Mark Jay Bacojo, runner-up.

Meanwhile, former World Youth Championship campaigner Karl Victor Ochoa of Bulacan bagged the title in the Doray Delarmente online chess tournament on Tuesday.

Ochoa finished with 62 points in 26 games for a win rate of 77 percent and performance rating of 2460 to win the event organized by Manresa De Ajedres Chess Club.

Concio took second place with 58 points on 25 games and a win rate of 76 percent for a performance rating of 2548.

Third place was Kyle Ochoa, younger brother of Karl, who had 58 points in a tie with Concio.

NM Noel Dela Cruz finished fourth with 57, followed by  Sherwin Tiu  in fifth place with 55,

GM Darwin Laylo and Lee Roi Palma of Manila came in sixth and seventh with 52 and 50 points.