Final Standings:( 7 Round Swiss System)
6.5 points---Alexis Emil Maribao
6.0 points---Michael Concio Jr., Aljie Cantonjos, Godfrey Villamor, Dandel Fernandez
5.5 points---NM Romeo Alcodia, AGM Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., Mark Christian Rodrigo
5.0 points---Jan Francis Mirano, Jhulo Goloran, Ricardo Batcho, Roberto Halili, Marc Francis Balanay, Sidney Moniko Plastina, Christian Huavas
TARLAC CITY---Alexis Emil Maribao of Quezon City emerged champion in the just-concluded 1st Angel's Cup 2200 and Below Open Chess Tournament at the Metro Town Mall last Sunday here.
Maribao, the pride of Novelty Chess Club collected 6.5 points on six wins and a draw to win the seven round tournament.
Michael Concio Jr. of Dasmarinas City, Cavite bested four other 6.0 scorers Aljie Cantonjos of Gingoog City, Godfrey Villamor of Manila and Dandel Fernandez of Quezon City via superior tiebreaks.
Concio finished second instead while Cantonjos, Villamor and Fernandez placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
National Master Romeo Alcodia of San Manuel, Tarlac, Arena Grandmaster Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. and Mark Christian Rodrigo of Quezon City shared the sixth to eight place by scoring 5.5 points each while 5.0 pointers Jan Francis Mirano of Aklan, Jhulo Goloran of Meycauayan Bulacan, Ricardo Batcho of Quezon City, Roberto Halili of Mabalacat, Pampanga, Marc Francis Balanay of Baguio City, Sidney Moniko Plastina of Asingan, Pangasinan and Christian Huavas of Las Piñas wounded up in the top 15 of the Swiss System format chessfest.
Adjudged category winners were Marc Francis Balanay of Baguio City (top College), Sidney Moniko Plastina of Asingan, Pangasinan (top high school), Elijah Gabriel Santiago of Balagtas, Bulacan (top elementary), Fide Master Antonio Molina of Angeles City, Pampanga (top senior), Mark Noah Ventayen of Lingayen, Pangasinan (top kiddies) and Melizah Ruth Carreon of Tarlac City (top lady).
All winners received cash prizes in the tournament backed up by Tarlac City mayor Cristy Angeles and jointly organized by Mr. Jesus Tayag and Mr. Arnold Soliman of Tarlac City Chess Club and supervised by national arbiters Edward Serrano and Ronald Llavanes of the Chess Arbiter Union of the Philippines.-Marlon Bernardino-