Super Grandmaster Wesley So, Fide Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia, reigning RP Boy 12-under champion Paolo Bersamina and Narquinden Reyes emerged winners in Sunday’s 1st Pichay and Davis Cup chess festival at the Blue Wave Mall in Pasay City.
The 16-year-old So, currently world’s no. 64 with an Elo Fide rating of 2665, defeated GM-elect Ronald Dableo in the finals (2-game match, seven minutes with three seconds increment), 1.5-0.5, to capture the all Master Group A division title and the top purse of P15,000 plus.
“I’m really happy to have played well against Ronald (Dableo) in the finals,” said the Bacoor, Cavite whiz kid.
In reaching the finals, So bested NM Rudy Ibanez (1.5-0.5) in the round-of-32, FM David Elorta (1.5-0.5) in the round-of-16, IM Oliver Dimakiling (2-1) in the round-of-8 and IM Richard Bitoon (1.5-0.5) in the round-of-4, respectively.
So failed to continue his winning streak when he bowed to Pocket Fritz 4, engine High Arc 13 (0.5-1.5) in their 2-game exhibition chess match. If he beat the said chess engine, he would have won a bonus worth $100 courtesy of long-time chess patron and computer expert Reginald “Reggie” Tee.
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