TAGAYTAY -- Balikbayan IM Angelo Young and Haifa Olympiad veteran NM Cesar Caturla shared the limelight by ruling the rapid chess competitions in the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.
Young, the multi-titled campaigner from Illinois, USA who returned to the country early this year, topped the 50 years old and above category, while Caturla, a member of the Philippine team to the 1976 World Chess Olympiad in Haifa, Israel, ruled the 65-above class.
Young finished with six wins and one draw for 6.5 points in the seven-round competition hosted by the Tagaytay City government thru Cavite 7th District Congressman Abraham “Bambol “ Tolentino Jr. and Mayor Agnes Tolentino.
Young finished with 6 wins, 1 draw for a total of 6.5 points in seven outings to enroute the coveted gold medal in the tournament hosted by the Tagaytay City government.
Another Filipino entry -- FM Adrian Pacis -- split the point with Than Khin of Myanmar to clinch the silver medal with 5.5 points
The bronze medal went to IM) Aitkazy Baimurzin of Kazakhstan, who toppled 1978 Lugano Olympian NM Rosendo Bandal Jr.
In the 65 years old and above division, Caturla outsteadied Hendry Jamal of Indonesia in the last round to finish with four points and pocket the gold.
Bandal, who finished with the same score as Caturla, settled for the silver.