Final standing after seven rounds:
6 points -- D. Elorta
5 -- D. Laylo, N. Mariano, A. Young.
4 -- O. Dimakiling, N. de la Cruz, E. Garma, E. Gatus, G. Mejia, A. San Diego, N. Reyes, R. Segarra.
3.5 -- M. Nazario, A. Pacis, J. Aquino, A. Doroy, B. Lawagon, R. Salcedo, E. Bagamasbad.
2.5 0 S. Revita, C. Ramayrat.
NATIONAL master David Elorta topped the Christmas All Masters rapid chess tournament-GM Eugene Torre Cup at the 2/F, Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Ave. cor. Malugay St. in Makati City.
Elorta finished with six points on five wins and two draws to crown himself as champion in the one-day, seven- round rapid competition which served as a Christmas treat to all the country’s chess masters (NM, IM, FM, GM).
A mainstay of the Tarrasch Knight Chess Club in Guadalupe, Elorta pocketed the P10,000 top prize.
“Magandang pamasko ito para sa atin,” said Elorta, who is best remembered for beating veteran GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. in the first Philippine Chess Blitz Face-Off in Alabang early this year.
Grandmaster Darwin Laylo, FM Nelson Mariano and comebacking IM Angelo Young shared second to fourth placers with five points out of a possible seven.
Overall, Laylo took runner-up honors by virtue of higher tiebreak score (31.5 BH) , followed by Mariano (28.5 BH) in third place and Young (25 BH) in fourth place.
The three players split the combined P14,000 cash prizes for second to fourth placers.
Completing the top 10 are IM Oliver Dimakiling, NMs Noel Dela Cruz, Edgardo Garma, Edmundo Gatus and Giovanni Mejia and WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego, who all finished with four points.
Also with the same score of four points but finishing out of the top 10 due to inferior tiebreak scores are Narquingden Reyes and Randy Segarra.
San Diego also emerged as top female player, followed by Allaney Jia Doroy, who had 3. 5 points and Samantha Glo Revita, who had 2.5 points.
FM Adrian Pacis was adjudged as the Top Senior with 3.5 points.
The tournament is organized by Chess Circle Club, headed by Leonardo “Nards” Jimenez, and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by President/Chairman Prospero
NCFP Executive Director Red Dumuk awarded the trophy and cash prizes to Elorta during the closing ceremony.