Final Standings: (Rapid competition, 7 Round Swiss-system)
Gold: IM Angelo Young (Philippines, 6.5 points)
Silver: FM Adrian Ros Pacis (Philippines, 5.5 points)
Bronze: IM Aitkazy Baimurzin (Kazakhstan, 5.0 points )
Gold: NM Cesar Caturla (Philippines, 4.0 points)
Silver: NM Rosendo Bandal Jr. (Philippines, 4.0 points)
Bronze: Mahmood Doudin (Palestine, 3.0 points)
TAGAYTAY CITY—Eight-time and 2011 Illinois state champion International Master (IM) Angelo Young of the Philippines won the 50 years old above Rapid competition of the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championship title after holding off his Iranian Iraj Sabah to a draw during the final round while National Master (NM) Cesar Caturla of the Philippines took the 65 years old and above plum at the Tagaytay International Convention Center here on Saturday.
Young finished with 6 wins, 1 draw for a total of 6.5 points in seven outings to enroute the coveted gold medal in the World Chess Federation (FIDE) tournament hosted by the Tagaytay City government through Cavite 7th District Congressman Abraham “Bambol “ Tolentino Jr. and Mayor Agnes Tolentino, organized by the Tagaytay Chess Club on behalf of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and the Asian Chess Federation and backed up by the Philippine Sports Commission.
“Hindi ko na pinilit ‘yung last game ko. Nanigurado na lang ako kasi champion na naman ako,” said the Marilao, Bulacan based Young.
Fide Master (FM) Adrian Ros Pacis of the Philippines split the point with Than Khin of Myanmar in the final canto to notch 5.5 points and won the silver medal award.
International Master (IM) Aitkazy Baimurzin of Kazakhstan toppled 1978 Lugano, Switzerland Chess Olympiad member National Master (NM) Rosendo Bandal Jr. of the Philippines to pocketed the bronze medal for his effort.
Actually, Baimurzin finished tied for third with Sabah, National Masters (NMs) Rolzon Roullo and Stewart Manaog of the Philipines at 5.0 points, but Baimurzin took the bronze with a superior tiebreak score.
In the 65 years old and above category, the Suriago ace Caturla, 1976 Haifa, Israel Chess Olympiad member nipped Hendry Jamal of Indonesia in the last round to scored 4.0 points, the same output of silver medallist Bandal, whom he beat in a bucholz tie break for the gold medal.
Mahmood Doudin of Palestine, meantime edged fellow 3.0 pointers Casto “Toti” Abundo and Cecil Padua of the Philippines in a tie break points to got his bronze medal.
Almagul Chakeyeva of Kazakhstan bested compatriot Timur Kassymov to topped the women’s side with 3.5 points. Also with 3.5 points is Woman Fide Master (WFM) Helen Milligan of New Zealand, who yielded to Candidate Master (CM) Aurel-John Buciu of Australia in the last round.
Meanwhile, defending champion Eugene Torre, Asia’s First Grandmaster aims to celebrate his 67th birthday with a win when the Standard competition of the 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships gets underway on Sunday.
Boasting an Elo of 2449, Torre is the top pick in the nine-round Swiss system competition which offers P150,000 in cash prizes in the over-50 and over-65 categories.
Sustaining his form in the World Senior Chess Championship held in Acqui Terme, Italy held last year, Torre finished tied from second to 10th places but landed seventh after the tiebreak.(Marlon Bernardino)