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Velarde rules Hybrid CC event

Velarde in action.

JERISH John Velarde of Marie Ernestine School in Cebu dominated the first Philippine Hybrid Chess Club Championship with a perfect score of five points in the weekend Swiss on chess platform Tornelo.

Velarde, the 14-year-old campaigner from the Barracks Chess Club, finished half a point ahead of Jave Mareck Peteros of the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

Peteros,16, finished with 4.5 points.

A three-way tie followed with Junsen Audric Maranan, John Cyrus Borce and Fletch Archer Arado sharing third to fifth places with four points apiece.

Borce and Arado together won the club championship for the Zamboanga Hermosa Chess Club.

A total of 46 players from 17 clubs competed in the tournament, including the Malaysian Brainy Chess Academy.

Hybrid chess is a long game online with players supervised by Arbiters in their locality. The time control was 60 minutes to finish with 30 seconds increment per move starting from move 1. Games normally lasted from one to three hours per round unlike online rapid chess which takes some 15 minutes each.

The top 10 finishers received prizes and certificates sponsored by Mr. Joel E. Villanueva, Founder of Chess Center of Excellence, Mr. David B. Bayarong, OIC, City Sports and Youth Development Office, Olongapo City and Mr. Walter J. Villadiego, owner of W.J. Villadiego Customs Broker.

Visit chess-results.com for round by round results and club and individual standings.