FEU chessers show wares in ASEAN Age Group
MANILA, Philippines – Kyle Rhenzi Sevillano stunned top seed and Far Eastern University (FEU) teammate John Marvin Miciano Wednesday night, June 20, in the marquee under-20 division in the 3rd round of the 19th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Davao.
Sevillano's 80-move triumph over Miciano, the Asian Youth Under-18 championship, pulled him into a tie for second with Paulo Bersamina and Setyaki Azraya Josi of Indonesia with 2.5 points. They trail Sai Agni Jeevitsh J of India, who has 3 points.
"He made a mistake in the endgame. He allowed a pawn to be captured," said Sevillano, FEU's Board 1 in the varsity team, in an interview with Rappler.com.
"He lost on time," added Sevillano, an internal auditing student.
Miciano, who was the first board of FEU's high school team but had a wonderful first quarter that gave him the International Master title, has 1.5 points. But his form fell off in the national championship eliminations after playing two tournaments with little break.
FEU chessers also showed the way in the Under-18 division as Israelito Rilloraza scored an upset over top seed Tranh Minh Thang of Vietnam, joining Dale Bernardo in the lead with 3 points.
Marife dela Torre, who mans the lower boards of the FEU women's team, downed second seed Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien of Vietnam to tie for 3rd to 7th in the girls Under-20 division where Shania Mae Mendoza, the national champion and Grace Moulic are tied for the lead with 3 points.
The same 3/3 score was logged by Al Basher-Buto in the boys' Under-8 division. Ruelle Canino of Cagayan de Oro tied Vietnam's Ton Nu Quayh Duy for the lead in the girls' Under-10.
Elsewhere, Vietnamese chess players showed the way in the other divisions in the tournament being held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
Vietnam, which did not show up in last year's tournament won by the Philippines, were showing the way in the boys Under 16, Under-14, Under-12 and Under-10.
In the girls division, they are leading in the Under-18, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12 and Under 8. – Rappler.com
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