By Lily O Ramos



Final Standings: (43 players)

8 points — WGM Vera Nebolsina (RUS)

7.5 points — WIM Ekaterina Kharashuta (RUS)

7 points — WFM Rulp Ylem Jose (PH)

6 points — WFM Jeslin Tay (SIN), WFM Jedara Docena (PH), Lovelyn Medina (PH), Mona Saeidpour (IRI), Jenny Rose Palomo (PH)

5.5 points — WFM Mahini Mona Salman (IRI), Rona Reigner Senora (PH)

MANILA,
Dec. 23 (PNA) — 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.(PNA)
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