Pimentel beats Pascua in national juniors

VISAYAS leg winner Joel Pimentel, Jr. outwitted erstwhile pacesetter FIDE Master Haridas Pascua in the seventh round to grab a share of the lead in the junior men’s division of the 2012 National Age Group and National Juniors Chess Championships at the Event Center in Tanauan, Batangas.

The pride of Bacolod improved his total to 6.0 points on five wins and two draws, the same output of defending champion National Master Mari Joseph Turqueza of Quezon City. Turqueza took the scalp of Cavite’s Vince Angelo Medina in the seventh.

Pascua, who absorbed his first loss after five straight wins, can join the leaders by winning his seventh game. He had a bye in the sixth round.

The Pangasinan bet actually has the edge in the tiebreak if a triple tie ensues with more wins on his account.

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.

In the junior girls division, WNM Jedara Docena of Bohol and Jodilyn Fronda of Manila continued to dominate the field.

Docena toppled Deanne Aubrey Surposa of General Santos while Fronda beat Carol Anne Chua of Misamis Oriental to maintain their perfect records after five games.

The national junior champions will represent the country in the 2012 World Junior Chess Championships in Athens, Greece.

The leaders in the age group competition were Lennon Hart Salgados of Cagayan De Oro in the boys under-20; Paul Robert Evangelista of Pangasinan in BU-16; Daryl Unix Samantilla of Malabon in BU-14; Daniel John Lemi of Vigan in BU-12; Dennis Gutierrez III of Pangasinan in BU-10; Gil Casa, Jr. of Iloilo 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; Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem of Iloilo and Alexis Anne Osena of Quezon in GU-12; Regyne Palaming of Pangasinan in GU-10; and Rheam Arah De Guzman of Sta. Rosa in GU-8.

The category winners in age group competition will represent the country in the 2012 Asian Youth Championships in Sri Lanka. Noli Cruz


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