Bautista gain a share of lead in 2019 National Seniors Chess Championship

Bautista gain a share of lead in 2019 National Seniors Chess Championship

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Standings after Round 6: (12 player's field, Single Round-Robin Format)

5.0 points---IM Angelo Young, Edgar "Bote" Bautista
4.0 points---FM Adrian Pacis, Eduardo Tungia, Jun Isaac
3.5 points---Agripino Camposano, NM Efren Bagamasbad
2.5 points---Felix Duterte
2.0 points---Eduardo Madrid
1.5 points---NM Allan Sasot
1.0 point--- Vic Alfaro
0.0---WCM Imelda Flores

Sydney, Australia-based Edgar "Bote" Bautista toppled Vic Alfaro after 26 moves of Dutch defense to grab the share of lead after six rounds in the 2019 National Seniors Chess Championship (Standard competition) at the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE) No. 56 Mindanao Avenue in Project 6, Quezon City on Wednesday.

Bautista improved his total score to 5.0 points, the same output of 8-times Illinois, USA chess champion International Master (IM) Angelo Abundo Young, winner over National Master (NM) Allan Sasot after 36 moves of Pirc defense.

Meanwhile, Auckland, New Zealand based Jun Isaac, elder brother of ex-PBA player Leo Isaac stopped the winning run of giant killer Eduardo Tunguia after 54 moves of Modern defense to create a three-way tie for third with Tungia and World's First Fide Master Adrian Ros Pacis who brought down National Master (NM) Efren Bagamasbad after 39 moves of English Opening.

"I joined the 2019 National Seniors Chess Championship for the 'Love of Chess ' as my passion. Meeting old time chessmates is fun and interesting. Thanks, God bless us at this stage of our life." said the former PNP chess player 75 years old Isaac who is also want to be an example to all Seniors players to continues to play chess.

It was a sorry loses for the 56 years old Tunguia, a chess coach from Bacoor, Cavite who upset NM Bagamasbad in Round 2, FM Pacis in Round 4 and NM Sasot in Round 5.

In other matches saw, Agripino Camposano outplayed 1996 Yerevan, Armenia World Chess Olympiad member and Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Imelda Flores after 44 moves of Sicilian defense while Felix Duterte crushed former NCFP director Eduardo Madrid after 55 moves of Alekhine defense.

According to national coach Asia's First Grandmaster Eugene Torre, the champion in the 2019 National Seniors Chess Championship will represent the country (if there is available funds) in this year's Asian Seniors Chess Championship (September 8-18, 2019, Almaty, Kazakhstan) and World Seniors Chess Championship (November 11 to 24, 2019, Bucharest, Romania).

In the on-going National Championship Elimination round (Luzon) for mens, John Jasper Laxamana halved the point with Justine Diego Mordido to remained on top with 4.5 points in five outings. In the women's play, Alexis Anne Osena and Manilyn Cabungcag hurdle their respective rivals to share on top with 4.5 points each after five games ofplay. Osena nipped Jemima Valdez while Cabungcag subdued Natorri Biazza Diaz.

Organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines headed by it's Chairman/President Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero "Butch" Arreza Pichay Jr. in close cooperation with Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. Tournament Director is GM Jayson O. Gonzales while Chief Arbiter is IA Gene J. Poliarco.-Marlon Bernardino-