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BUTO WINS COUNTRY'S FIRST GOLD MEDAL IN 18TH ASEAN AGE GROUP CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP WITH ONE ROUND TO GO

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AL-BASHER 'BASTE' BUTO captured the Boys 8 and under division title in the standard play even if there is still one round to go in the on-going 18th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship being held at the Grand Darul Makmur Hotel in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.

His latest victim on Thursday was countryman Vincent Ryu Dimayuga in Round 7. With the win, the Cainta, Rizal resident Buto, a native of Marawi City, tallied seven wins in seven outings. His eight and final round opponent is Mohd Faizal Muhd Harris Halie of Malaysia.


Earlier, Buto defeated Ruslan Pamplona of the Philippines in Round 1, Syed Hashim Azmi Syed Firdausof Malaysia in Round 2, Wicaksana Muazzam Bilal of Indonesia in Round 3, Kavin Mohan of Malaysia in Round 4, Lai Hong Jun of Malaysia in Round 5, Adnan Habibur Rahman of Malaysia in Round 6 before beating Dimayuga in Round 7.

Buto, a Grade 2 student of Faith Christian School, also won the gold medal during the 13th Asian Schools Chess Championship last July in Liaohe Art Museum in Panjin, China.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) vice president Atty. Cliburn A. Orbe had something to say.

"Traditionally mas malakas showing natin sa rapid and blitz than standard event. But they're dominating the standard events now unlike last year." said Philippine Executive champion Atty. Cliburn A. Orbe. "Make the country proud." he added.

Mecel Angela Gadut of Candon City and Kaye Lalaine Regidor of Sta. Rosa defeated their respective rivals and shared the lead in the Girls 8 and under.

Gadut toppled Vissnupriya Prushotman of Malaysia while Regidor trounced Hafiya Imana Zaba of Malaysia. Both Pinays tallied 6.0 points each after Round 7. Jirah Floravie Cutiyog of General Santos City subdued Mohd Zakiyuddin Nur Fatnin Uz to raised her total 5.0 points, the same output of Afiqah Zahra Salihin of Malaysia, winner over Zainal Abidin Eidil Khadijah of Malaysia.

In the Boys 12 and under, Michael Concio Jr. of Los Banos, Laguna defeated Mahmood Shah Mukhriez Shah of Malaysia to remained on top with perfect 6.0 points in seven outings.
His Round 7 opponent is compatriot Mark Jay Bacojo of Pasig City, winner over Budhidharma Nayaka of Indonesia to raised his total 5.0 points. However, Gabriel John Umayan of Davao City was yielded to Chandrasekaran Yuvaneshwaarra of Malaysia. Umayan remainst at 4.0 points, the same output of Wesley Jovan Magbanua of Davao City, who brought downed Mohd Rodzi Muhd Raziq of Malaysia.

In the Girls 12 and under, Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmarinas, Cavite subdued Eunice Tang En Shi of Malaysia for her 5.0 points, with Latifah Laysa of Indonesia leading the race with 6.0 points after Round 6.

In the Boys 14 and under, Daniel Quizon ng Dasmarinas, Cavite and Dicky Adiyta of Indonesia shared on top with 5.0 points each. They will face each other in Round 7 for the solo leadership board.

In the Girls 14 and under, Regina Catherine Quinanola of Cebu nipped compatriot Ruth Joy Vinuya of Ilagan, Isabela after Round 6 to stay on track for the coveted medal.

Quinanola will play solo leader WCM Jia-Tien Chua of Malaysia in the seventh round. WCM Chua drew with Tang En Xin Esther of Malaysia. WCM Chua now has 5.5 points, full point ahead over Quinanola and Esther, both with 4.5 points each.

Other age grouper still contention in the medal race were Karlycris Clarito Jr. of Pasig City (5.5 points) and Cedric Kahliel Abris of Mandaluyong City (5.5 points) in the Boys 10 and under; Ruelle Canino of Cagayan de Oro City (6.0 points), Antonella Berthe Racasa of Marikina City (5.5 points) and Daren Dela Cruz (5.5 points) in the Girls 10 and under.


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