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Jacutins rule BCM LI chess tourney

JACAUTIN HAUL. Thyrone Jacutin, Jr. scored six points and nipped two higher ranked players to rule the 51st Baguio Center Mall Non-Master Chess Tournament recently, while younger brother Floyd Devon was at sole first in the kiddies where another brother Marcus Luis was in the group of four with five points and third to sixth places. Teddy Sarmienta photo

Thyrone Jacutin, Jr. scored six of a possible seven points and nipped two higher ranked players to rule the 51st Baguio Center Mall Non-Master Chess Tournament recently at the mall’s event center.

This as younger brother ruled the kiddies side of the longest running chess tournament in Baguio in a rare sibling dominated staging of the event.

The older ruled the open division nipping second seed Michael Linde (Elo 2001) and fourth seed Tristan Jared Cervero (Elo 1926). The three actually finished with 6 points with Jacutina given the top podium due to his six wins, while the other two came up with five victories.

Linde, on the other hand, edged Cervero in the first Bucholtz 30 to 29 to take second place and the later relegated to third place.

Four players finished with 5.5 points with Galo Nepagtic taking the top spot of fourth (32), while sixth seed Romeo Rodney Palamig, Elo 1735, (31, 29), Daryll Guaque (31, 28) and Noel Lubrica (29.5) took the fifth to seventh places.

Four finished with five points and occupy the seventh to 11th places. On top is Marjon Baldesemo (five wins, 29.5), followed by Xyrus Arinos (five wins, 24.5, 22.5, 16.5), Allan Frianeza (five wins 24.5, 22.5, 13) and fifth seed Jonathan Bayron, Elo 1750, (four wins).

Top junior player Wycliffe Aromin wound up 12th with 4.5 points towing eight other players including third seed Jhune Angelo Dultra, Elo 1968, and seventh seed David Leonard Azuela, Elo 1430, who landed 14th and 16th, respectively.

Top seed Samson Chu Chin Lim III, Elo 2116, had one victory and one point to finish 52nd.

Meanwhile, the younger Jacutina, Floyd Devon, who was 13th seed, had seven wins and seven points to rule the kiddies side.

The eighth seed Dwayne Tyler Dulnuan scored six points to take second place, while 21st seed Penelope Kate Sanchez finished tied with three boys with five points but took the top spot with 32 Bucholtz points. David Voltaire Gabayan (31), Kyler Kian Cosalan (28) and Marcus Luis Jacutina (25.5). The three boys were seeded higher at ninth, seventh and 14th, in that order.

Five players finished the tournament with four points a piece to take the 7th to 11th spots, namely: Tristan Bill Palubos (31), second seed Wulfhere Aromin (28.5), Kier Nelson Lidua (23), 27th seed Carve Tanjiro Tanaka (22, 20.5), and Kyran Lidua (22, 19.5).

Edgardo Castro finished with 4.5 points tied with eight others but finished 18th over-all but took the senior’s plum, while Engielyn Agamas finished with the same score but lower tie break to take 19th spot and the top female finisher.

The tournament use the following tie break: direct encounter (winner over the other); number of victories; Bucholtz (0,0); Bucholtz (0,1); and, Sonnebern – Berger, in that order.

The BCM Non-Master is the longest running chess tournament in Northern Luzon where four events are staged annualy – during the Panagbenga, summer, Baguio Day and Christmas. It was, however, stopped during the pandemic in 2020 until last year when it resumed. Pigeon Lobien

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