Lagula, Fronda top National Juniors qualifying

NUEVA VIZCAYA’s McDominique Lagula defeated Jude Emil Fronda in the sixth and final round to rule the Open Division of the 2012 National Juniors Chess Championships–Visayas leg at the Cabagnot Training Center in Kalibo, Aklan.

Lagula earlier halved the point with overnight co-leader Joel Pimentel of College of St. Benilde. Pimentel failed to keep pace after another draw in the final round and settled for a share of second with 4.5 points.

Also finishing with 4.5 points and advancing to the grand finals were FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina of Manila and Tristan Frech Ibaoc of Cagayan de Oro City.

The battle in the Girls Division proved to be much tougher with five players scoring 4.5 points each to share first to fifth places and enter the grand finals.

Woman National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda of De La Salle scored two straight wins at the expense of Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan and Woman FIDE Master Marie Antoinette San Diego of Cavite to win the title after the tiebreak.

Fronda was 1.5 points behind overnight leader San Diego after four rounds. San Diego left the door open for Fronda after settling for a draw in the fifth round against Judith Pineda of Olongapo City.

Far Eastern U’s Gladys Hazelle Romero of Tanauan also drew with Pineda in the sixth round to claim runner-up honors. San Diego and Pineda placed third and fourth, respectively.

Local bet Mira Mirano won her last two games against Loraine Salinas of Manila and WFM Cherry Ann Mejia of Pangasinan to grab fifth place.

Mirano’s performance elated Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez, who hosted and sponsored the event.

“We are happy that we have been given the opportunity to host this prestigious event. Through this tournament, the young players from Aklan are given the chance to play against higher rated players and show what they are capable of,” he said.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines Chairman/President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. thanked Marquez for his support and hospitality.

“In behalf of the young chess players in the country, we would like to thank Governor Marquez, for his support and hospitality during the event,” Pichay said.

“Our goal of developing the youth particularly in the grass roots level could easily be attained through the assistance local government units throughout the country.” Noli Cruz

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