GM Paragua sweeps Sta. Maria simul chess
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Master Mark Paragua won all his games in a simultaneous chess exhibition against top Sta. Maria players last Sunday at the Sta. Maria Church yard in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
Paragua won all 12 matches in the one-day event that aimed to promote chess at the grassroots level. He is set to play another simultaneous chess exhibition on Thursday, February 9, at the Malate Catholic School.
Paragua, Woman Fide Master Michelle Yaon and Philippine and United States chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. graced the opening rites.
Dr. Johnny Coralles and King Jeremias shared the top honors in the Open Age Category wit 6.5 points apiece in seven games. Carlo Caranyagan, meanwhile, won the kiddies division with a perfect six points.
In second to fifth places, with five points each, were Juan Carlos Presente, John Ruiz Bravo, Eliseo Budoso and Jan Cedric Gutierrez.
National Arbiters Alfredo Chay and Alex Dinoy of the Chess Arbiters Association of the Philippines served as the arbiters in the event. – By Marlon Bernardino.