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Young rules FIDE rated chess tournament in Cavite

International Master Angelo Abundo Young ruled the Road to Mastery FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament held on July 22-23 in General Trias City, Cavite.

Young collected 4.5 points on account of four wins, one draw and one loss in six rounds to secure the title in this two-day tournament sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

From left are AFM Ederwin Estavillo (tournament director), NM Robert Suelo Jr. (3rd place), IM Angelo Abundo Young (champion), NM Almario Marlon Quiroz Bernardino Jr. (2nd place), NA Mark Anthony Dulatre (chief arbiter), NA Israel Landicho (deputy arbiter).

National Master Almario Marlon Quiroz Bernardino Jr., National Master Robert Suelo Jr., International Master Jose Efren Bagamasbad and FIDE Master Carlos Edgardo Garma also finished with 4.5 points in the tournament but were all overwhelmed by Young in the tie-break.

Bernardino ended up with second place honors and Suelo bagged the number three spot.

“I expected the games to be tough and so close all the way,” said Young, head coach of Emilio Aguinaldo College chess team.

“I'm glad to have survived the pressure. I just told myself to stay focused and play my normal game.''

Young, an eight-time Illinois chess champion in the United States, actually started the tournament on a losing note after dropping a game to Maryss Annxeniel Caldoza, one of the seven female players who competed in the tournament.

Young, however, bounced back by beating John Martin Firmalino, Stephen Von Estavillo, Jireh Dan Jaimie Cutiyog and Nathan Jon Anarna in succession before settling for a draw with Garma in the final round.

Young, who gained prominence by topping the Philippine Junior Chess Championship in the late 1980s, will embark on a series of international competitions starting with the 18th IGB Malaysian Chess Festival 2023 from August 25 to September 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He is also set to compete in the 2023 FIDE World Senior Championships in Terrasini, Italy, from October 24 to November 6, and the Penang Open on December 18-24 in Penang, Malaysia.

Before the series of international competitions, Young is set to compete in a local tournament celebrating the 46th birthday celebration of NM Marlon Bernardino on August 5 at the 2nd floor Open Kitchen Food Hall, Rockwell Business Center, Sheridan Street, Mandaluyong City.

Final Standings:

4.5 points – IM Angelo Abundo Young, NM Almario Marlon Quiroz Bernardino Jr., NM Robert Suelo Jr., IM Jose Efren Bagamasbad, FM Carlos Edgardo Garma

4.0 points – CM Genghis Imperial, Rodel Jose Juadinez, Noel Jay Estacio

3.5 points – AFM Rai Enzo Batara

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