BANGKOK, Thailand --Two Filipino woodpushers shared top honors at the recently concluded Bangkok Chess club FIDE Blitz Tournament.
Chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. and Jimson Bitoon ended up as the top finishers in the World Chess Federation-sanctioned tournament at the Queen's Victoria Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bernardino showed his mastery in the opening with a brilliant win against Akbar Khan of the United Kingdom in the final round of the 12 player's field, single round robin format. He finished with an unbeaten record of 10 wins and a draw with a total output of 10.5 points.
Also with 10.5 points is Bitoon, who hails from Medellin, Cebu and currently based in Bangkok.
Bitoon, who works as a chess teacher at the Jirapak Chess Academy, inflicted Bernadino’s lone draw.
The tournament was participated by chess players from the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, India and Thailand.
International Arbiter Panupand Vijuprabha, secretary of Thailand Chess Association, served as chief arbiter in the chessfest.