FORMER Asian Zone champion IM Ronald Dableo celebrated his return to active chess competition by winning the third Baby Uno Chess Challenge online tournament at Lichess last Friday.
Dableo, one of the country’s strongest players still seeking the elusive GM title, finished with 13.5 points on 13 wins, one draw and only one loss in the 15-round competition played online due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Dableo, who made history by topping the Asian Zonals in 2003, finished two full points ahead of his closest rival, NM Ronald Llavanes
“Maganda ang tira kaya nanalo. Sana tuloy-tuloy na uli,” said the Sampaloc, Manila-based Dableo, who is also best remembered for leading Philippine Army to the overall championship in the AFP-PNP Little Olympics.
Now a full-time coach of UAAP heavyweight University of Santo Tomas, Dableo already has three GM norms and need only to improve his personal rating of ELO 2407 to nail the GM title.
Llavanes, a standout of the Philippine Air Force, settled for second place with 11.5 points, while Jerome Villanueva of Adamson University, wound up third with 11 points.
Sharing fourth to fifth places are WNM Francois Mariel Magpily of UST and Jasper Faeldonia of Arellano University with 10.5 points.
Rounding out the top 10 were Joselito Alejano, sixth (10 points.); Eduard Sumergido, seventh (10); WFM Jerlyn Mae San Diego, eighth (10); Norvin Gravillo, ninth (9.5) and NM Jasper Rom, 10th (9).
Also receiving special awards in the free-registration tournament are Eduard Sumergido (top PECA executive), Marlon Bernardino (top media), Abel Dimalanta (top Pampanga), Magpily (top Lady) and Al-Basher “Basty” Buto (top kiddy 11 years old and below).
The 15-round online tournament is organized by the Bayanihan Chess Club, headed by Genghis Imperial and supported by PECA president Dr. Fred Paez, Seaman Chief Engr. Julio V. Trunio Jr., Jun Isaac of Auckland, New Zealand, Jimmy Reyes of Saudi Arabia, former NCFP Director Ed Madrid, Dr. Jenny Mayor, Ron Demain, Kim Zafra, Danilo Ebao and Pretty Zada Skincare Products
The fourth edition of the tournament is scheduled on June 28.