MANILA, Philippines — Jorge B. Convocar of Remate and Remate Tonight dominated the Massacre in November 1st National Press Club (NPC) media chess tournament at the Plaridel Hall of the National Press Club Bldg. on Magallanes Drive in Intramuros, Manila over the weekend.

Convocar actually ended in a tie for first place with Orlando Pua of Manila Broadcasting Corporation after they ended up with 6 points. They should have divided equally between them the prize monies for the first and second, P8,000 and P6,000, respectively, but Convocar got the Champion’s plaque for besting Pua in the tie-break score.

Remate Tonight sportswriter Abimelech Dawa, Dyaryo Magdalo sports editor Ronaldo Herico, and Pulso ng Makabagong Caviteño’s Francis Buenaventura shared equally the prize monies for the third, fourth and fifth places after ending up in a tie at 5.5 points.

But Dawa got the third place plaque, Herico the fourth place plaque, and Buenaventura the fifth place plaque.

Tying for sixth to 10th places were Joey Villar of the Philippine Star, Benjie Vergara of Peoples Balita, Virgilio Garcia, Juanito Lobitos and Jose Mari Gutang of GMA 7.

Orlando S. Primo and Arce Cortez of Hataw bagged the top senior player award, while Pacific Review/Bigwas Michelle Borlongan and Noella Orozco of Hataw took home the top lady award.

The Philippine team led by National Chess Federation of the Philippines President-Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. attended the opening ceremonies of the tournament to give an inspirational message. He brought with him GMs Wesley So and John Paul Gomez.

So and Gomez gave their messages to the journalists who love chess.

The event, organized by Dyaryo Magdalo editor-in-chief Toto Causing and sponsored by National Press Club, through its president Jerry S. Yap, was held as part of the commemoration of the Ampatuan Massacre that killed 58 persons including 33 journalists on November 23, 2009.

International Arbiter and National Master Erwin Carag served as chief arbiter. He was assisted by Fide Master Christopher Castellano (deputy arbiter), Gatpayo Luz (deputy arbiter), Anthony Bernardino (steward) and George Ibay (steward). By Marlon Bernardino