Pascua reclaims lead in national juniors

FIDE Master Haridas Pascua of Pangasinan downed defending champion National Master Mari Joseph Turqueza of Quezon City to reclaim the lead in the men’s junior division of the 2012 National Age Group and National Juniors Chess Championships at the Event Center in Tanauan, Batangas.

FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina of Pasay and Visayas leg winner Joel Pimentel, Jr. actually matched Pascua’s total of 7.0 points after beating separate rivals, but the latter had more wins to show on his card.

Bersamina toppled Jan Francis Mirano of Aklan while Pimentel crushed Baltazar Rafales of South Cotabato.

The tournament employs a point system where a win is worth three points and a draw is equivalent to one point. Meaning, a win and loss will earn more points than a couple of draws.

Pascua had seven wins and one loss for 21 tiebreak points while Bersamina and Pimentel had similar records of six wins and two draws for 20 points. The women’s junior division, where Woman National Master Jedara Docena of Bohol is the solo leader, had an off day on Saturday.

The leaders in the age group competition were Lennon Hart Salgados of Cagayan de Oro in the boys under-20; Christian Nanola of Calamba in BU-16; Daryl Unix Samantila of Malabon in BU-14; Daniel John Lemi of Vigan in BU-12; Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila in BU-10; Adrian de Luna of Guimaras in BU-8; Mikee Charlene Suede of Makati in the girls under-20; Bernadette Galas of Makati in GU-16; Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan in GU-14; Alexis Anne Osena of Quezon in GU-12; Regyne Palaming of Pangasinan in GU-10; and Methusellah Ramos of Cebu in GU-8.

The national junior champions will represent the country in the 2012 World Junior Chess Championships in Athens, Greece while the category winners in age group competition will compete in the 2012 Asian Youth Championships in Sri Lanka. Noli Cruz

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