MANILA, Philippines – Filipino International Master (IM) Oliver Barbosa defeated Singaporean Fide Master (FM) Timothy Chan to finish in a two-way tie for first place with eventual champion Grandmaster (GM) Zurab Azmaiparashvili of Georgia at the conclusion of the 1st ASEAN Chess Championships on Thursday in Singapore.

Barbosa and Azmaiparashvili, both tallied 6.5 points each after 9 rounds of play. Azmaiparashvili, however, took the title after a superior quotient of 48.5 points from the Filipino IM’s 46.5 points.

Azmaiparashvili, the tournament favorite who is playing under the banner of the Singaporean flag, split a point with Vietnamese GM Sang Cao in the last round.

Indon GM Susanto Megaranto took solo third with 6 points after settling a draw with Filipino GM John Paul Gomez.

Gomez, the pride of Binan, Laguna, finished with 5.5 points which is the same output of countryman IM Richard Bitoon, Cao, GM Dao Thien Hai, IM Nguyen Van Huy, and FM Nguyen Doc Hoa of Vietnam.

The Filipino campaign in Singapore was bankrolled by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President/ Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. — By Marlon Bernardino