Wednesday, December 22, 2010
YOUNG Filipino chess players Antonio Chavez Jr. of Cagayan de Oro and Kevin Mirano of Bacolod failed in their respective last-round bid to scuttle GM (grandmasters) rivals. But overall, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws–representing the Philippines in the 2010 Grand Asian Chess Championships–did fare well in the week-long international event held at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
While Chavez and Mirano went down in defeat at the hands of GM Amir Bagheri of Iran and super GM Maletin Pavel of Russia on Monday’s 9th and final round, Filipina compatriot WFM Rulp Ylem Jose succeeded in scoring a sensational win over a GM foe in the women’s open division.
Pinay chess Olympian Jose (2038) upset Woman Grandmaster Vera Nebolsina (2377) of Russia then settled for a draw with WFM Tay Li Jin Jeslin in the final round to finish solo third.
Remarkably, only this alluring Pinay dented the single loss of Nebolsina, the eventual champion with 8.0 points, in this international tournament.
As an icing on the cake, Jose’s win over the Russian topseed was impressive indeed–scaling up more than 300 Elo points separating them. Despite the huge Elo rating gap, the beautiful Pinay never showed any form of intimidation and went on to crush the Russian beauty with the heart of a lion.
Six Pinays joined this 50-player international event, with participants coming from six countries namely, Iran, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
Notably, five of the six Pinays who participated in this event landed in the Top 10.
Tagbilaran, Bohol pride Jedara Docena downed Pang Hwei Yih to share four to 8th places with FEU mates Lovelyn Medina and Jenny Rose Palomo at 6 points each. While GenSan daughter, Ronna Reig Ner SeÂ¤ora occupied the 10th place with 5.5 points.
As expected, the men’s field sensation IM Darban Monteza of Iran–facing the lowly ranked Sri Lankan Isuru Alahakoon–played to a safe draw to complete his remarkable run and went ahead of the fancied GMs for the men’s open title with an unbeaten score of 8/9.
Another Iranian, untitled Amin Nasri finished clear second with 7.5/9. Nasri had the distinction of beating the top seed GM Pavel in the penultimate round.
Nasri is the lone conqueror of Cagayan de Oro native Lennon Hart Salgados, formerly with Corpus Christi and now also playing for FEU, who got saddled by a spate of draws.
GM Pavel had to settle for 3rd place after tie break just ahead of FM Yan Dzhumageliev and Filipino John Ranel Morazo who finished 4th and 5th, respectively.
Sheider Nebato, the other FEU find from the Pacman country of Dadiangas, also had 6.5 points after his triumph over Nahim Bin Zahur, but had to skid to 8th spot after the Bucholz tiebreak.
With their last-round debacle, Chavez and Mirano shared nine to 15th places with Cagayan de Oro’s Christian Arroyo and Salgados at 6 points apiece among a total of 92 mens participants.
“Kusog na gyod ang mga Asian countries sa chess. We tried to go all out for a flat-out win in the final round pero majority sa amo taman lang gyod sa draw. At least, it was a very successful stint even nga naka-apil ang Russia ug Iran. Naa sa top ang FEU-Philippines both sa team and individuals rankings and we’re very proud of it,” said Arroyo in a message emailed to this writer.
The soon-to-be educator Arroyo, son of DepEd employee and accomplished chess player Mario “Bebot” Arroyo, is the most senior in the FEU team of coach GM Jayson Gonzales and assistant coach NM Alexander Milagrosa.
GACC Women’s Open
Top 10 (50 players)
After 9 Rounds
WGM Nebolsina 8.0 pts
WIM Kharashuta 7.5 pts
WFM Jose Rulp 7.0 pts
WFM Tay Li Jin 6.0 pts
Docena Jedara 6.0 pts
Medina Lovelyn 6.0 pts
Saeidpour Mona 6.0 pts
Palomo Jenny 6.0 pts
WFM Salman Mahini 5.5 pts
SeÃ±ora, Ronna 5.5 pts
Men’s Top 20 (92 players)
IM Darban Morteza 8.0 pts
Nasri Amin 7.5 pts
GM Maletin Pavel 7.0 pts
FM Dzhumagaliev 7.0 pts
Morazo John 6.5 pts
GM Bagheri Amir 6.5 pts
Alahakoon Isuru 6.5 pts
Nebato Sheider 6.5 pts
Crivoi Alexandr 6.0 pts
Arroyo Christian 6.0 pts
Chavez Antonio 6.0 pts
Hu Yang 6.0 pts
Zullkafli Zarul 6.0 pts
Mirano Kevin 6.0 pts
Salgados Lennon 6.0 pts
Nayan Ahmad 6.0 pts
Siah Jun Ren 6.0 pts
Looi Xin Hao 6.0 pts
Nahim Bin Zahur 5.5 pts
Tan Yik Ping 5.5 pts
(Lynde Salgados, with Rusticbull reports)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 22, 2010.