Oro’s Canino bags ASEAN gold anew

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports - By JAIME A. FRIAS II

CA­GAYAN de Oro City pride Ruelle “Taw­ing” Canino bagged a gold medal once again in the 18th ASEAN Age Group Chess Cham­pi­onships 10-un­der girl stan­dard clas­si­cal event held in Malaysia.

The 9-year-old Canino, a pride of Kauswa­gan Cen­tral School, fin­ished an im­pres­sive seven points in the eight-round Swiss Sys­tem Tour­na­ment.

She posted seven wins and a lone de­feat at the hands of her PH team­mate An­tonela Berthe Ra­casa.

Canino started hot play­ing un­de­feated in the first four rounds for a full-point lead in the field be­fore Ra­casa slowed her down in fifth.

Ra­casa is the 10-un­der girls gold medal­ist in this year’s Na­tional Age Group Chess Cham­pi­onships held in Cebu City where she first de­feated Canino be­fore hand­ing an­other one in the ASEAN.

But, the Oro chesser—last year’s 8-un­der gold medal­ist— bounced back with a rous­ing fin­ish as she man­aged to sweep the last three rounds.

PH com­pa­tri­ots Daren dela Cruz and Ra­casa were tied at 6.5 points each, but the lat­ter pre­vailed in the fight for sec­ond place via su­pe­rior tie-break points.

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