Pimentel leads winners in age group tourney
Open 20U – Joel Pimentel (Negros Oriental)
Open 16U – Vince Angelo Medina (Cavite)
Open 14U – FM Paulo Bersamina (Pasay)
Open 12U – Mark James Marcellana (Sta. Rosa)
Open 10U – Emmanuel Van Paler (Manila)
Open 8U – Alekhine Nouri (Negros Occidental)
Girls 20U – WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda (Manila)
Girls 16U – Bernadette Galas (Makati)
Girls 14U – Samantha Glo Revita (Pangasinan)
Girls 12U – Alexis Charlotte Suede (Makati)
Girls 10U – Francois Marie Magpily (Makati)
Girls 8U –Alphecca Gonzales (Cebu)
JOEL PIMENTEL halved the point with National Master Albert Florendo to win the Open Under-20 category of the National Age Group Chess Championships Visayas leg on Tuesday (April 10) at the Gov. Cabagnot Training Center in Kalibo, Aklan.
The pride of Negros Oriental and member of 2011 NCAA chess champion St. Benilde tallied 4.5 points, a full point ahead of his closest pursuers Franz Robert Grafil of La Salle, Florendo of University of Santo Tomas and Marc Christian Nazario of University of the Philippines.
Veteran internationalists Vince Angelo Medina of Far Eastern U and FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina also topped their respective categories.
Medina, the 74th UAAP Most Valuable Player in the juniors division, grabbed the title in the OU-16 with a half-point edge over Allan Pason of Cebu while Bersamina proved too much for his rivals as he ran away the title in OU-14.
The most promising talent in local chess these days also made his presence felt.
Alekhine Nouri of Escalante, Negros Occidental bucked an opening round loss to go all the way in OU-8. The six-year-old son of FM Hamed Nouri finally earned a ticket to the 2012 ASEAN+ National Age Group Chess Championships in Hue, Vietnam after falling short in the Luzon and Mindanao legs.
Meanwhile, Mark James Marcellana of Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Emanuel Van Paler of Manila topped OU-12 and OU-10, respectively.
All category winners will represent the country in the Vietnam tourney while the top five finishers in each category will play in the grand finals on April 23-30 at the Tanauan Event Center in Tanauan, Batangas.
In the distaff side, 2012 UAAP Women’s MVP Woman National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda of La Salle lived up to her top billing by trouncing the field in the Girls Under-20.
Also topping their respective categories were Bernadette Galas of Makati in GU-16; Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan in GU-14; Alexis Charlotte Suede of Makati in GU-12; Francois Marie Magpily of Makati in GU-10; and Aphecca Gonzales of Cebu in GU-8. Noli Cruz