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PH goes 1-3 in Asian online chess qualifier

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Daniel Quizon ruled the zonal qualifiers of the Asian Junior Rapid Online Chess Championship. Screen capture from YouTube
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Philippines took a 1-3 finish in the Zone 3.3 qualifiers of the Asian Junior Rapid Online Chess Championship, which concluded on Friday.

International Master Daniel Quizon led the Filipino charge, while late replacement Chester Reyes came in third as they assured that the Philippine chess community will be well represented in the Asian Junior Rapid Online Chess Championship.

Quizon, Reyes, IM Dambasuren Batsuren of Mongolia, and FIDE Master Le Minh Hoang of Vietnam finished in a four-way tie for the top spot with 5.5 points after seven rounds.

Quizon prevailed after clinching the Buchholz Cut 1 tiebreaker with 25.5 points. Batsuren and Reyes, on the other hand, remained tied even after the second Buchholz tiebreaker, but with Batsuren having the better average rating of opponents, he took the silver medal.

Bronze medalist Reyes replaced original representative Eric Labog, whose appeal to have his chess.com account reactivated was approved after proving innocence from using cheat engines only to still miss the event as the appeal result came after the deadline of submission of players.

IM John Marvin Miciano, who won the National Juniors Rapid Online Championship earlier this month, suffered a crucial loss in the penultimate round and finished only in ninth place with four points.

However, according to National Chess Federation of the Philippines executive director Cliburn Orbe, Miciano still influenced the final ranking as he rallied late to force a draw against Le.

The draw cost Le not just the championship but also the podium finish as a win would have put him at number one with six points. Instead, Le will miss the Asian tournament as only the top three players in the zonal level will qualify.

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