Antonella Berthe Racasa scores third win in World Cadet Chess Championships

Antonella Berthe Racasa scores third win in World Cadet Chess Championships

Antonella Berthe Racasa scores third win in World Cadet Chess Championships

Antonella Berthe Racasa scores third win in World Cadet Chess Championships

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by Marlon Bernardino

Individual Standings after Round 9: (Under-12 girls division, 88 player's field)

8.0 points---Ruiyang Yan (USA), WCM Galina Mikheeva (Russia)

7.5 points---WCM Alua Nurmanova (Kazakhstan)

7.0 points---WCM Alexandra Shvedova (Russia), WFM Antonella Berthe Racasa (Philippines)

6.5 points---Wang Xiyue (China)

The Philippines’ youngest Woman Fide Master (WFM) 45th seed Antonella Berthe “Tonelle” Murillo Racasa notched his third win against 32nd seed Nguyen Ha Khanh Linh (elo 1500) of Vietnam in the ninth round to create a 2-way tie for 4th place in the Under-12 Girls division of the World Cadet Chess Championships on Friday at the Yujing Hotel in Weifang, Shandong, China.

The 12-year-old Home School Global bet Racasa go for a win, eventually defeated Nguyen after 52 moves of London System Opening, King's Indian variation using the white pieces. It was a sweet revenge for Antonella Berthe because Nguyen beats her in the last Asian Youth in Sri Lanka according to his father/coach Robert Racasa, also an International Memory champion.

"Oh my! Oh my! Thank you Lord for giving Antonella Berthe the victory against the Vietnamese Nguyen Ha Khanh Linh. With God all things are possible. Tomorrow's opponent is Yan Ruiyang (1983) of USA on top board." said Robert Racasa, the founder and father of Memory Sports in the Philippines.

"Let's put our fingers crossed for tomorrow's game against Yan Ruiyang of the USA. Practically, this is divine intervention. I never thought that we could reach this far." last word of Robert, former top chess player of Polytechnic University of the Philippines during his college days.

13-times Philippine Open champion Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. , the 2017 Italy World Seniors Vice-Champion said: “I hope that Antonella Berthe can maintain her momentum going to the last two rounds.”

Racasa now have 7.0 points, the same output of 4th seed Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Alexandra Shvedova (elo 1932) of Russia, winner over 5th seed Mariya Manko (elo 1895) of Ukraine.

Second seed Ruiyang Yan (elo 1983) of the United States and 3rd seed Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Galina Mikheeva (elo 1952) of Russia toppled their respective rivals to remain on top with 8.0 points in nine outings.

Ruiyang nipped compatriot 26th seed Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Sophie Velea (elo 1533) of the United States while Mikheeva nipped 61st seed Qianyi Huang (elo 1247) of China.

8th seed Woman Candidate Master (WCM ) Alua Nurmanova (elo1850 ) of Kazakhstan upset top seed Woman Fide Master (WFM) Savitha Shri B (elo 2010) of India to score 7.5 points for solo third place.

Antonella Berthe China trip is sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chair and CEO Andrea Domingo, D. Edgard Cabangon of ALC Group of companies, Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos and Councilor Charisse Abalos.

She is also supported by Mr. Rogelio Lim of Boni Tower and Makati Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Rose Montenegro as she takes on Ruiyang in Round 10.-Marlon Bernardino-

by Marlon Bernardino

THE SEARCH for the country’s new chess stars begins today (Sunday, September 1) when the IM Joel Banawa Chess Cup (kiddies and juniors division) in memory of the late IM Rolly Martinez gets going at the Open Kitchen, Rockwell Business Center-Sheridan, Highwayhills, Greenfields District in Mandaluyong City.

Tournament registration start at 8:00 am to 10:45 am followed by simple opening rites with no less than 13-time Philippine Open Champion Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. will do the traditional ceremonial moves along with National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) director Atty. Cliburn Anthony Orbe and Philippine Executive Chess Association (PECA) president Dr. Jenny Mayor.

The format is seven-round Swiss System with time control of 20 minutes plus five seconds delay mode being held to honor the late IM Rolly Martinez and backed up by Ms. China Aurelio and Ms. Mimi Casas of Open Kitchen, Phoenix Chess Academy, Mr. Danilo Ebao of Three Knights Printing Services, ChiliJuan, Mr. Arturo Turbanada, Mr. Jeffrey Dimalanta, Mr.Rosulo Cabusora Jr. Mr. Anthony Ramos, Mega C, Ripples Daily, PTV Sports, Ms. Emz Forrosuelo of Otsuka-Solar Philippines Inc. (Pocari Sweat) and Dreamworks Worldwide (Core of Dreams) Chairman of the board Ms. Lyne Ramos.

The champion in the kiddies 14 years old and below and the juniors ages 15 to 20 division will receive P5,000 each plus trophies, medals and a Brand New Leap Digital chess clock.

Registration fee for Kiddies and Juniors is P500 while on-site registration is P600. Call or text Mr. Genghis Katipunan Imperial at 0926-251-4205 for complete details.-Marlon Bernardino-