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THE Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro chess contingent was called the ‘hakot awards’ in the recently concluded Misamis Occidental chessfest, even though Arena Fide Master Janin Dhrey Querequere of Balingoan and Sean Kenneth Cogonon of Cebu City shared the spotlight at the International Master Joel Pimentel to get the major cash prize.
10-year-old Querequere from Balingoan Central School and 12-year-old Ashley Aya Nicole Paquinol from Capitol University Basic Education in Cagayan de Oro played tabla in the fifth round and won the remainder of their respective rounds. game to finish with the same 6.5 points each.
But the better result of the tiebreak pushed Querequere to the top podium in elementary school to capture the P4,000 first prize and the championship trophy.
Corpus Christi High School-bound Paquinol received the first runner-up prize of P2,000 while fellow Cagayan de Oro student Alberth Balase of Liceo de Cagayan University got the second runner-up purse of P1,400 after won the tiebreaker against fellow 5.5 pointers Uzziah del Mundo from Pagadian City got the third runner-up prize of P1.0
Cebu’s leading junior, Cogonon, only gave up one board for his total of 6.5 points in seven rounds to take home the P6,000 top purse in the high school category.
Lyn Getubig of Misamis Oriental (Natumolan, Tagoloan), Samantha Trish Balquin (MOGCHS) and Lyn’s younger brother LJ Getubig formed a four-way logjam with Luke Symon Lozada of Cebu with six points each but with more which is a tiebreak result.
They ran P4,000, P2,000, P1,400, and P1,000 each.
“The children’s hard work was not wasted because almost all of them fell,” said Samantha’s father, Johnnel Balquin, who placed second after Open division winner Pimentel in the very successful First Asenso Misamis Occidental National Open Chess Tournament held July 8-9 at the AYA Hotel and Residences in Clarin, Misamis. Occidental.
Rounding out the top-10 winners are Aron Pitos (Oroquieta City), Meghael Gregoire Mondia (Tangub City), Ruy Lopez (Pagadian City), Philipp Samonte II (Pagadian City), Mark John Paul Uy (Pagadian City). and Keith Khian Salvia (Northern Lanao).
Completing the top-10 finishers are Grace Calunod (Tangub City), Dominic Carl Gumisad (Tangub City), Kattrina Lim (Ozamiz City), Jomar Anhao (Tangub City) and RJ Bargayo (Zamboanga Del Sur).
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