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Daluz, Villanueva share lead at AQ Prime Stream chessfest

Unbeaten Christian Mark Daluz defeated fellow Fide Master Christian Gian Karlo Arca to gain a share of the lead after three rounds in the AQ Prime Stream FIDE Standard Open Chess Tournament that opened at the Robinson's Metro East in Pasig City on Saturday, July 1.

The victory allowed Daluz to join Jerome Villanueva at the helm with 3.0 points apiece.

Villanueva scored his third victory against National Master Mark Jay Bacojo.

Fide Master Christian Mark Daluz CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“I hope to do well in this event and gain some Elo rating points,” said Daluz, the top player of University of Santo Tomas chess team and the latest member of the AQ Prime Talents.

Earlier, Daluz outplayed Fide Master Adrian Ros Pacis and National Master Edmundo Gatus while Villanueva downed Arena Grandmaster Jethro and International Master Barlo Nadera.

International Master Jose Efren Bagamasbad, the reigning Asian Seniors champion, beat Carlos Edgardo Garma in the third round to tally 2.5 points and share third place with Kevin Arquero, who drew with International Master Cris Ramayrat in round three.

The two-day tournament is sponsored by AQ Prime proprietor and president Atty. Aldwin Alegre and being held under the auspices of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

It offers a P10,000 purse to the champion.

In the 2000 and below category, National Master Jasper Faeldonia crushed Clarence Lagac to led a group of 3.0 pointers that includes National Master Bob Jones Liwagon, Mark James Marcellana, Angele Tenshi Biete, Errenz Denisson Calitisin, Freddie Talaboc, Chester Neil Reyes, John Ernie Maraan, Jovert Valenzuela, Jan Lei Kian Rosaupan, Oscar Joseph Cantela, Jhulo Goloran Yuri Lei Paraguya, Stephen Manzanero, Mark Gerald Reyes and National Master Al-Basher “Basty” Buto.

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