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GMs Mark Paragua, Banjo Barcenilla, IM Paulo Bersamina post 1-2-3 finish in online GM Balinas chess tilt


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Final Standings: (Top 20, 569 participants)
17.5 points---GM Mark Paragua
16.5 points---GM Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla Jr.
16 points---IM Paulo Bersamina, Chester Neil Reyes
15.5 points---IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia
15 points---Vince Angelo Medina, GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr., Karl Ochoa, Mark Daluz, NM Bob Jones Liwagon,Eric Labog Jr., IM John Marvin Miciano
14.5 points---NM Merben Roque, Ellan Asuela, FM Randy Segarra, FM Deniel Causo, Kyle Ochoa, Ederwin Estavillo
14 points---Sherwin Tiu, FM Dino Ballecer

Manila, Philippines---United States-based Grandmasters Mark Paragua and Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla Jr. and International Master Paulo Bersamina revealed why they are three of the top Filipino woodpushers at present after a 1-2-3 finish in the online GM and Atty. Rosendo Carreon Balinas Jr. Death Anniversary Memorial Chess Tournament last Sunday (September 27, 2020) at lichess.org.

The New York based Paragua took the title with 17.5 points out of a possible 21 to go home with P10,000 plus PH Agila t-shirt, the Chandler, Arizona bet Barcenilla ended up with 16.5 points to received P4,500 plus PH Agila t-shirt while the pride of Pasay City Bersamina finished with 16 points to bring home P3,000 plus PH Agila t-shirt.

Rodriguez, Rizal resident Chester Neil Reyes, meantime tallied similar 16 points and got P1,500 for fourth place finished.
"I would like to thank my family and friends for their continuous support that has been shown to me in my professional chess career. I will forever be grateful," said the 1998 World Rapid Under-14 champion Disneyland, Paris, France champion Paragua who won all Balinas online event in this time of pandemic that includes GM Balinas Memorial Chess last July 19, the 81st Birthday Celebration of engr. Antonio "Uncle Paps" Balinas last August 22 and the 79th Birthday Celebration of GM and Atty. Rosendo Carreon Balinas Jr. last September 6.

"Lastly, I’m thankful to Dr. Joe Balinas and Engr. Antonio Balinas for supporting PH online chess tournament in this time of pandemic and especially to God who gave my skills and talent," added the amiable Paragua.

The 1-day event was sponsored by Bethesda, Maryland USA based frontliner Dr. Joe Balinas and his older brother engineer Antonio "Uncle Paps Balinas which attracted 569 chessers worldwide, organized by Bayanihan Chess Club headed by AGM Marlon Bernardino and Genghis K. Imperial.

All games were aired live thru Youtube channel of Arena Grandmaster Voltaire Marc Paraguya as well Jolina Icao Youtube channel.-Marlon Bernardino-


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