Teen standout Daniel Quizon emerged as the only Filipino to win in the first round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship on Friday, May 21.
Quizon, the Asian Zonal 3.3 champ from Dasmariñas, defeated compatriot Arjie Bayangat in 57 moves of a London System.
Michael Concio Jr., second to Quizon in the zonal, lost to Grandmaster Nodirbek Yakubboev of Uzbekistan after 58 moves of a Guioco Piano.
But non-master Ellan Asuela created the bigger stir as he agreed to a draw against Grandmaster Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan. After 28 moves of an English Opening and with far less time than Asuela, Vakhidov offered a draw and Asuela accepted.
Asked why he agreed despite having the better position, Asuela told Rappler that “there is an increment and additional 30 minutes (after 40 moves).”
Asuela, who plays in the Cabuyao hub of Laguna captain Fred Paez despite being a member of the Camarines team, is one of several players in the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines seeing action in the Asian Continental.
Quizon and Concio, by finishing 1-2 in the Asian Zonal 3.3 a few weeks ago, had qualified for the World Cup. They are playing in the Asian Continental as part of their preparation for the World Cup.
Fifteen Filipinos are playing in the Asian Continental, which is being played virtually but there are arbiters assigned in the three hubs where the players are located. The time control is the traditional 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment for the first 40 moves.
Not playing in the Asian Continental are Paulo Bersamina and Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna. The National Chess Federation of the Philippines had nominated them to the World Cup. – Rappler.com