STA. BARBARA—Continuing with his winning streak in local tournaments, Mangatarem’s International Chess Federation Master Haridas Pascua brought home the top trophy in the 2013 Sta. Barbara Open Chess Tournament held February 16-17 at the Orbos Gym here.
In his seventh local tournament win so far, Pascua logged in a 7-0 record among 68 players.
Coming in second was Dick Gicain (6 points); followed by Ely John Estabillo, Prince Mark Aquino and Verth Alora, third to fifth place (5.5); and Gerard Lalas, Emmanuel Lomibao, Samantha Glo Revita, Jovi Laca, Winfred Boquiren, Romy Fagon and Arnold Jabilles sixth to twelfth place (5).
Special prizes went to Palarong Pambansa medalist Revita (Top Lady Prize), Edgardo Arenos (Top Local Senior Player), Jovi Laca (Top Local), and Mark John Seva (Top Junior).
Meanwhile, seasoned campaigner Brylle Vinluan of San Fabian led the Under-16 category with 6.5 points.
Vinluan took the title by conceding only a draw in the third round against Christian Jake Tomines who made the same score but had to settle for second place for having the lower tie-break score.
Areobin Prado came third with 5 points.
The Under-12 category was won by Israelito Rilloraza with 6 points, followed by John Marx Anastacio, and Clarence Edrome Tomboc.
The tournament was organized by the Hermano Chess Club headed by Allen Garcia and the Pangasinan Chess League and sponsored by the local government of Sta. Barbara. (PIA-Pangasinan/ARF)