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Laking wins Pines City Chess Club’s 16th rapid chess tourney

CHESS IS BACK. Yojng chess players trying to outwit each other during the Pines City Chess Club hosted 16th Rapid Chess Tournament lately at the City Sports Office. From Teddy Sarmienta’s Facebook group

Luigi Laking settled for a last round draw with Teddy Boy Cagara as the two finished tied with 6.5 points in the seven round Pines City Chess Club 16th Rapid Chess Tournament at the Baguio athletic bowl last Saturday but the former won with his higher tie break point.

The former University of Baguio standout and son of former Baguio based journalist Jimmy had 33.5 points to hold off his fellow UB standout for the top prize of the one day event that drew 118 players.

Cagara has 30 tie break point to settle for the second.

The two swept their opponents en route to a last round showdown where they decided to draw.

Four players took the third to sixth spots with six points each. But Adrian Seguirre took the third place followed by Joshua Magno, former top kiddie player Marvin Limocon and Roy Alfaro.

Four players scored 5.5 points to complete the top 10 – Justine Pascioles, Roy de Vera, Fernando Legaspi, Jr. and Nepagtic Galo.

Engielen Agamas was the best placed female player after finishing at 15th place. Actually she was tied for the 11th-23rd position along with 14 others after five points.

The event hosted by the Pines City Chess Club actually revived chess tournaments in the city after more than two years of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It was a good number due to the excitement of players to get back to face to face playing,” said UB chess coach Ronaldo Alvez.

 “It has been awhile since we had a tournament here,” said Alvez adding that more chess events are scheduled in the next few months including the Centermall Chess Tournament which has been put on hold since 2019. Pigeon Lobien

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