AGM Arca wins Battle of Sharp Kids Diamonds Arena Under-18 online chess tournament
By Marlon Bernardino
Wed, 24 Feb 2021
The PH youngest Arena Grandmaster Christian Gian Karlo Arca of Panabo City, Davao del Norte ruled the Battle of Sharp Kids Diamonds Arena Under-18 online chess tournament last Monday, February 22, 2021 at lichess.org.
Arca, a grade six pupil (Neptune) of Panabo Central Elementary School, tallied a total of Arena 36 points to win the title, in this event backed up by Bayanihan Chess Club founding chairman Engr. Antonio "Uncle Paps" Balinas and Bethesda, Maryland US based frontliner Dr. Joe Balinas, as well Bayanihan Chess Club board of directors Jimmy Reyes and Engr. Ernie Faeldonia and Mam Rhina Mallari Aristorenas which attracted 74 woodpushers.
“It's hard to explain what I'm feeling right now. Winning the Battle of Sharp Kids Diamonds Arena Under-18 online chess tournament meant so much to me,” said Arca, who is schedule to celebrate his 12th birthday this coming Saturday.
"I'm really happy,” added Arca, whose local and international online chess campaign supported by Atty. Jong Guevarra.
Karlycris Clarito Jr.of Pasig City finished second place with Arena 34 points, in the 10 minutes plus 2 seconds time control format, organized by FA/FT/AGM and NM Rudy Ibanez, who is also the Worldwide Junior coordinator for Sharp Kids Diamonds Team.
In third place is Darwin Villanueva Jr. of Tanauan, Batangas who totes Arena 32 points followed by fourth placer Jeremiah Yap Mendoza of Santa Maria, Romblon who notch Arena 28 points.
Rohanisah Buto of Cainta, Rizal and Kate Nicole Ordizo of Alaminos, Pangasinan, meantime finished tied for fifth to sixth places with Arena 26 point.
At 7th to 10th place were Cyrus James Damiray of Tanza, Cavite (24 pts.), Carl Daluz of Bulan, Sorsogon (24 pts.), Ericka Ordizo of Alaminos, Pangasinan (24 pts.) and Jasper Faledonia of Odiongan, Romblon (22 pts.).-Marlon Bernardino-
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