Christmas chessfest to Elorta

December 23, 2018

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

“Butch” Pichay

NCFP  Executive Director   Red Dumuk awarded the trophy and cash prizes to Elorta  during the closing ceremony.