Filipino chess whiz wins Asian Juniors blitz tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Daniel Quizon fell short of a high finish in standard chess and unleashed his fury to sweep the blitz tournament at the Asian Juniors Chess Championship in Solo, Indonesia, on Monday, July 8. 

The 14-year-old, who finished 4th in the last round of standard chess on Monday, won all 7 games in the blitz tournament, counting the new Asian Junior champion Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam among his victims.

National junior champ Jeth Morado placed 6th, while John Marvin Miciano and Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano wound up 12th and 16th places, respectively.

Quizon's triumph made it a twin kill for the Dasmariñas chess squad – his teammate Kylen Joy Mordido ruled the rapid event last week, conceding only a draw in the seven-round contest.

National girls champ Vic Glysen Derotas finished 6th in the blitz tournament, while Mordido, Samantha Glo Revita, and Jerlyn San Diego landed at 15th, 16th, and 22nd places, respectively.

One Facebook user christened Quizon "Boy Kidlat" as greetings were posted on National Chess Federation of the Philippines' (NCFP) Facebook page.

Earlier, chess fans were glum after Quizon's patented squeeze failed to wring out victory against Arfan Aditya Bagus of Indonesia in the last round, which would have given him 6.5 points and clear 3rd.

Quizon and John Marvin Miciano, both 6 pointers, finished 4th and 5th on tiebreak.

As the blitz event did not carry games live, it was close to 7 pm when fans found out Quizon was 6-of-6, spawning jubilation.   

It was the best performance by a Filipino in this tournament since Darwin Laylo finished 2nd 20 years ago in standard chess, where both players have 90 minutes each to finish a game.

NCFP executive director Jayson Gonzales, in a Viber message, called Quizon's performance "astounding."

Dasmariñas coach Roel Abelgas was happy with Quizon's and Mordido's feats under a faster time control, but said more standard chess tournaments should be held.

"If the NCFP can hold regular standard chess events, I think in 2 to 3 years, we can beat them," Abelgas said.  

But rapid and blitz beckon as the finals for the Southeast Asian Games are set on July 12 in Makati. – Rappler.com