MANILA, Philippines – Woman Fide Master (WFM) Rulp Ylem Jose bagged a bronze medal in the just concluded 2010 Grand Asian Chess Championship (GACC) in University of Malaya (UM) Second College in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday.

Jose, a member of the reigning multi-titled UAAP chess champion Far Eastern University (FEU), settled for a draw with WFM Jeslin Tay of Singapore in the 9th and final round to finish 3rd with 7 points.

She trailed silver medalist WIM Ekaterina Kharashuta (7.5 points) and gold medalist WGM Vera Nebolsina (8 points), both from Russia.

Four players also from FEU — WFM Jedara Docena, Lovelyn Medina, Jenny Rose Palomo and Rona Reigner Senora — made it to the Top 10 in this annual event which attracted 43 players from 6 nations.

According to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., the event was held in cooperation with the Rakan Muda under the auspices of Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF).

Formerly, this event was known as The Grand Asian Chess Challenge and open only for the Asian region. After receiving positive response from the participants, it has fast become an international event.

Pichay lauded Jose and other Filipino pawn pushers 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, International Master (IM) Darban Morteza (8 points) and Nasri Amin of Iran took the gold and silver, respectively. Grandmaster (GM) Pavel Maletin of Russia won the bronze medal after a superior tie break over fellow 7 pointer and countryman Fide master (FM) Yvan Dzhumagaliev.

John Ranel Morazo settled 5th over-all while his fellow FEU team mate Sheider Nebato landed at 8th place.

Other Filipino participants who competed are:
· No.10 Christian Arroyo (6 points)
· No.11 Antonio Chavez (6 points)
· No.14 Kevin Mirano (6 points)
· No.15 Lennon Heart Salgados (6 points).

— By Marlon Bernardino