By U.S. News Agency / Asian

Woman FIDE Master (WFM) Rulp Ylem Jose on Tuesday bagged the bronze medal in the just ended 2010 Grand Asian Chess Championship (GACC) Ladies Section at the University of Malaya (UM) Second College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jose, a member of the reigning multi-titled UAAP Champion Far Eastern University (FEU) chess team under the tutelage of head coach two-time Olympian Grandmaster (GM) Jayson Gonzales and assistant coach National Master (NM) Alex Milagrosa under the guidance of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President/Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., settled a draw with WFM Jeslin Tay of Singapore in the ninth and final round to finish third with seven points.

The silver medal went to Woman International Master (WIM) Ekaterina Kharashuta (7.5 points) while the gold medal medal was captured by WGM Vera Nebolsina (8 points). Both Russians had eight points but Nebolsina had a better quotient.

Four players also from the FEU Lady Tamaraws — WFM Jedara Docena, Lovelyn Medina, Jenny Rose Palomo and Rona Reigner Senora made it to the Top 10 in the annual event which attracted 43 players from six nations competing that includes Russia, Singapore, Iran, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Philippines.

According to Pichay, the event is open to undergraduates from all over the globe and held in cooperation with the Rakan Muda under the auspices of Malaysian Chess Federation.

The event was formerly known as The Grand Asian Chess Challenge and is open only for Asian region. After receiving positive response from the participants, it became an international event.

Pichay lauded Jose and other Filipino pawnpushers for the honor and glory they brought to the country.

“The success of the Filipino chess players in the international competition would somehow inspire Filipino youths to venture into this sport,” added Pichay.

In the men’s competition, IM Darban Morteza (8 points), Nasri Amin of Iran took the gold and silver, respectively while GM Pavel Maletin of Russia won the bronze medal after a superior tie break over fellow 7 pointers and countryman FM Yvan Dzhumagaliev.

John Ranel Morazo settled overall fifth while his fellow FEU teammate Sheider Nebato landed at eighth place.

The FEU chess team’s Malaysia stint was made possible with the support of FEU president Anton Montinola, FEU athletic director Mark Molina and Pichay, among others. (Reported By Lily O Ramos)