Negrense Professional Chessfest!
TING TAKES SOLO LEAD
The remaining rounds will be crucial after changes in leadership took place in 4th and 5th rounds with Marvin Ting in solo lead going to the 6th and final 7th round this Saturday and Sunday in the 7-Round Swiss System 12th Negrense Professional (Degree Holder) Individual Chess tournament held at Top’s Millennium Plaza Bowling Lanes Drive-in Restaurant along 10th Street, Capitol Shopping Center in Bacolod City.
Ting is gaining the upper hand after his wins over Dexter Belaño, Sr., beating him in 38 moves of English in round 4 and then repulses PO1 Ernie Abanco in 42 moves of Slav collecting 4.5 straight points going to 6th Round on Saturday against former 2009 champion Ted Ian Montoyo (4 points) on Board 1.
Rounds 2 and 3 leaders Montoyo and Abanco with both 3 points before facing head-on in Round 4 with Abanco beating the former champion in 52 moves of Slav, the same attack used by Ting in beating him Sunday.
Montoyo came back in Round 5 by beating Herbert Ciocon, Jr., in 47 moves of Larsen and tied with Abanco with 4 points together with Eden Agape Tumbos, the lone female participant; James Carmelo Uy, former champion Aguedo Docase and Joseph Navarra.
Agape join the elite leaders after her twin wins against Fernando Calambro, Jr., in35 moves of Slav in Round 4 and beat Jireh Sy in 37 moves of Sicilian. She will face Abanco on Board 2 in Round 6 Saturday.
Docase is facing Navarra on Board 3 in Round 6 after his wins over Danny Maersk Mangao in 37 moves of English in Round 4 and beat Alan Alibuga in 67 moves also of English in Round 5.
Uy will face Club Master Nunilon Fulo lll (3.5) on Board 4 of Round 6 after scoring against Eduardo Junio in 51 moves of Owen’s in Round 4 and over Joseph Navarra in 36 moves also of Owen’s on Board 2 in Round 5.
Mangao and Prof. Manny Ramos, both with 3 points each will be facing each other on Board 5 of Round 6. Mangao, after losing against Docase in Round 4, won over Lochinvar San Jose in 14 moves of Q.P.O. (TF) in Round 5.
Ramos, on the other hand, draw with Lochinvar after 56 moves of Caro-Kann in Round 4 and scored over Junio in 59 moves of English in Round 5.
After leading the first two rounds, National Master Alan Severino (3) had a draw with Uy in Round 3, loses his match against Navarra in Round 4 of 56 moves of English and had a draw with Jomar Funo-an after 71 moves of Sicilian in Round 5 and faces Eugene Manlapao (3) on Board 6 of Round 6.
The other top ten pairings will be between Ciocon (3) against Ely Neil Mojarez (3) on Board 7; Rodney Sultan (3) and Alibuga (3) on Board 8; Sy (3) vs. PO2 Nimrod Mendoza (3) on Board 9 and Belaño vs. Funo-an on Board 10. The other players with 3 points each are Gary Baltar who faces Ronnie Villa on Board 11 SJO2 Joseph Villafranca (3) vs. Junio (2.5) on Board 12.
Twelve more pairing will follow in Round 6 to determine the final standing after Round 7 on Sunday.
Four players were deleted from the official list of participants after defaulting twice from 52 players who join the tournament, according to tournament director and chief arbiter Dodz Felisilda.
The annual tournament is a project organized and officiated by the Game Royale Aficionados of Negros, Inc. (GRANI) headed by Dr. Alfonso Teorima in cooperation with Top’s Millennium Plaza Bowling Lanes, Inc.*