ALWAYS relying on veteran reinforcement, Renaissaince Training Center, this time dominating the recently-concluded Congressman Ronaldo B. Zamora Cup Tatlohan Non-Master Chess Tournament held at the Barangay Salapan covered court, San Juan City last Sunday.
Skippered by Rommel Balisnomo “Biswit” Lucion, an employee of Rocelen RJ Building Trade Inc., posted 12 match points and 15.5 game points to pocket the P20,000 top purse plus trophy in the one-day National Chess Federation of the Philippines sanctioned tournament, organized by Mr. Raynald Redondo in close cooperation with Barangay Salapan chairman Charles "Ayie" Tejoso and backed up by Congressman Ronaldo B. Zamora and San Juan City mayoralty candidate Francis Zamora.
Playing on board two and three for Renaissaince Training Center are the pair of Mark Bravo and Raniel Azares.
" I'm so happy to have been part of such an incredible team. I would like to thank Mr. Marc Simborio and Mr. Mark Anthony Yabut for supporting our team and Rocelen RJ Building Trade Inc. who always beside me supporting my professional chess career," said Lucion much known Biswit in the chess world, who honed his chess skills at the Tarrasch Knight Chess Club in Guadalupe Mall in Makati City.
“When you’re playing in the top board, you have to bring your A-game. Otherwise, it will be very, very hard to beat your opponent,” added Lucion.
At second place with a similar total of 12 match points but lower 13.5 game points is the Team Guada spearheaded by Don Tyrone "Turon" Delos Santos with Marlon Jorquin and Jeffrey Dela Cruz manning boards 2 and 3, respectively.
Delos Santos and company went home P15,000 richer.
Team Lucion-M. J. Yabut Realty, composed of Jan Francis Mirano, Jay-R Magat and Ancelmo Tapungot, finished in a tie for 3rd with two others at 11 match points each, but enjoyed superior tiebreak points to secure the third-place honor worth P10,000.
At fourth place is Sicangco Team Barangay 592 headed by Genghis Katipunan Imperial, Richard Allen Sicangco and Chairman Rhodel Rubio got P6,000 while Super Saiyan 2 bannered by Joshua Heshed Crismo, Bobby Gempis and Hanz Ezekiel Olorosisimo placed over-all fifth went home P4,000.
Rounding up the top-10 finishers are 6th the Sikretong Malupit, 7th Zayne and Zylon, 8th PUP chessterz A, 9th Napadaan Lang Version 2.0 and 10th place West Crame Team B.
Fide National Arbiters Alexander "Alex" Dinoy and Alfredo Chay of the Chess Arbiter Union of the Philippines supervised the said chessfest and assisted by national arbiter Joel Tatad and candidate arbiter Antonio "Jun" Cruz.-Marlon Bernardino-