Cebuano rules Thai rapid chess meet


Posted at Jan 28 2014 07:07 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2014 03:07 AM

BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Bangkok-based Cebuano is currently making waves in the field of chess here by topping a rapid chess tournament in the Kingdom of Thailand.

National Master Leonardo Alidani scored 4.0 points in five rounds to cop first place in the Gainsfield Grand Prix 2014 Open at the Milano Restaurant last Sunday.

Also with 4.0 points were Ryan Dungca and Fide Master Deniel Causo.

US and Filipino chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., finished fourth overall with 3.5 points, the same output of fifth placer Rhenel Piligros, who topped the Under 1950 below category.

Another Bangkok-based Pinoy, Eric Calacday, and Mary Grace Tambasen of Negros Occidental placed second and third place, respectively, in the Under 1950 below category with 3.0 points apiece.

Also with 3.0 points were Krishi Palab of India, Jei-Chen Ho of Chinese-Taipei and Manas Rao of Thailand.

Other woodpushers who participated in the one-day tournament organized by husband-and-wife tandem Henry and Regina Calacday of Gainsfield Chess and Language Centre are Pricha Srivatanakul, Fernando Diloy, Pal Brantzeg, Ekasith, Lemon and Symon Salvador, Hannah Ivy Mari and Christopher Camania.