MANILA, Philippines – Qatar-based Filipino chess player Robert Arellano topped the Ramadan Rapid Open Chess Tournament, held last July 13-21 at the Girls Chess Club Abu Hamour in Doha, Qatar.
Arellano, a former player for the University of Santo Tomas, defeated India’s Shatrughan Jha in the seventh and final round.
His victory earned him a perfect 7.0 points and the winner’s purse of 3,000 Qatari riyals (about P35,000) and the championship trophy.
Arellano, who is already a National Master, also defeated Amvar Kassim of India, Ahmed Batah of Syria, Tareg Al Qadi of Egyp, Yasser Alshawaffa of Syria and Ahmed Hamed of Egypt in the earlier rounds.
Meanwhile, another Qatar-based Filipino, Rolenson Loyola, defeated Adamin Hussein Ahmad in the final round to make it a 1-2 finish for the Philippines.
Loyola, a former player for San Sebastia, tallied 6.0 points and claimed the runner-up purse of 2000 Qatari riyals (about P23,000).
Aside from Qatar and the Philippines, India, Egypt, Syria, Somalia and Indonesia also sent representatives to the tournament. -- By Marlon Bernardino