Tagaytay tops Asian Cities Chess tilt
TAGAYTAY -- Tagaytay-Philippines whipped Shah Alam Malaysia, 2.5-1.5, in the ninth and final round to capture the 2013 Asian Cities Chess Team title on Saturday.
Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa downed FM Nicolas Chan after 39 moves of Slav defense on Board 1 while GM Darwin Laylo crushed Mohd Nabi Azman Hisham after 28 moves of Gruenfeld defense on Board 4.
GM John Paul Gomez drew with Fong Yit San after 60 moves of Queen's Gambit Declined on Board 3 to lead his team to victory.
"Buti natabla ko ‘yung game ko… 2-0 na kasi kami eh dahil nanalo agad sina Barbosa at Laylo para manalo kami sa match points," said Gomez.
Li Tian Yeoh upset GM Mark Paragua after 55 moves of Caro-Kann defense on Board 2 to provide a full point for Shah Alam, Malaysia.
The win gave Tagaytay finished 17 total match points in the event hosted by NCFP secretary-general Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
Tagaytay pocketed the $3,000 top prize plus trophy.
Shanghai and Wuxi, China came second to third place with 15 points apiece. - Marlon Bernardino