Mirano, Docena top Mindanao leg of National Juniors

JAN FRANCIS MIRANO of Aklan defeated Keith Duval Ibaoc of Cagayan de Oro in the sixth and final round to rule the boys division of the 2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno National Juniors Chess Championships at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol Grounds.

Mirano, member of the vaunted Far Eastern U chess team, tallied 5.0 points to share the top spot with Kenneth Norman Honculada of Misamis Oriental and Lennon Hart Salgados of Cagayan De Oro City.

He emerged with the highest tiebreak total while Honculada grabbed second and Salgados settled for third.

Salgados had a chance to snatch the title in the event serving as the Mindanao leg of the National Juniors Chess Championships but was held to a draw by Mc Dominique Lagula of Nueva Vizcaya.

Rounding out the top five qualifiers who will advance to the grand finals slated on April 23-30 in Tanauan, Batangas were Chester Jason Coquilla of Misamis Oriental and Lagula.

In the distaff side, Woman National Master Jedara Docena of Bohol toppled FEU varsity teammate Carol Anne Chua of Cagayan De Oro City in the final round to win the title.

Nikki Erica Yngayo of Davao also beat Myris Piloton of Misamis Oriental to catch Docena on top with 5.5 points, but settled for second place after the tiebreak.

Also booking a seat in the grand finals were Bhea Buen Ecal, Alexa Joy Ejem and Julie Anne Opema.

Meanwhile, the Visayas leg of the Age Group and Juniors Championships will unfold on April 7-14 at the Governor Corazon L. Cabagnot Tourism and Training Center in Kalibo, Aklan. For further details and registration, contact Aklan Provincial Sports Coordinator WIlfredo Neri at 0922-8930866 /0920-5636732 or IA Gene Poliarco at 0923-7309445, IA Ilann Perez at 0949-1760889, FA Patrick Lee at 0927-7209260 or email phichessfed2012@yahoo.com. Noli Cruz


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