The Manila Times

De Guzman wins California chess tourney with superior tie-break

- EMIL C. NOGUERA

INTERNATIO­NAL Master ( IM) Ricardo de Guzman collected 4.5 points after five rounds to rule the First Central California Open Chess Championsh­ips held in Fresno. De Guzman, a champion in the 1981 Asian Junior Chess Championsh­ips, was actually in a tie with United States Chess Federation master Garush Manukyan who also tallied 4.5 but the Filipino wood pusher took the crown via superior tie break.

The Cainta, Rizal pride toppled Hayk Manvelyan, Dann Krystall, Christian Tanaka and Joseph Ebenezer before settling for a draw with Armenian IM Andranik Matikozyan in the 36-man field.

It was de Guzman’s eighth title this year after topping several United States chess circuits including the 2009 Hans Ponschmann Memorial and the Henry Gross 2009.

Meanwhile, the 2009 National Age-Group chess championsh­ip slated from August 27 to 31 will serve as a qualifying for the prestigiou­s World Youth Chess Championsh­ips.

The world meet is scheduled from November 11 to 23 in Antalya, Turkey.

Out to defend their respective titles are Scheider Nebato (18-under), Alcon John Datu (16-under), Vince Angelo Medina (14-under), Paulo Bersamina (12-under), Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano (10under) and Dennis Gutierez Jr. (8-un- der) in the Boys Division.

Jedara Docena (18-under), Akiko Charmaine Suede ( 16-under), Cherry Ann Mejia (14-under), Ma. Ysabelle Joyce Semillano (12-under), Samantha Glo Revita (10-under) and Vic Glysen Derotas (8-under) are the forces to reckon with in the Girls Division.

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