Mind Power Chess Team dominates GM Eugene Torre FIDE Rapid Seniors Chess Team Tournament
By Marlon Bernardino
Mon, 27 Mar 2023
Final Standings: (Six Round Swiss System)
14.0 points---Mind Power Chess Team
13.5 points---RG Warriors
12.0 points---Cavite Knights
10.0 points---Zugzwang Knights Kimurs
9.5 points---Team Balinas, Magic Mandaluyong Tigers
7.5 points---Senior Incontrovertible
7.0 points--- Team Duterte, DPWH 2
6.0 points---The Legends
3.5 points---Djsiayngco Chess Club Team
IMUS, CAVITE---Mind Power Chess Team swept the last two rounds to clinch the team rapid title and cap its fruitful stint in the GM Eugene Torre FIDE Rapid Seniors Chess Team Tournament held at Robinson Townville Buhay na Tubig Branch here Sunday, March 26, 2023.
The Mind Power Chess Team with a double of 2.5-0.5 wins over Zugzwang Knights Kimurs and Team Balinas in the fifth and sixth and final rounds, respectively, boosting their tally to 14.0 points to best 11 other squads and bag the top pot of 20,000 PHP plus the Perpetual Trophy.
The Mind Power Chess Team, composed of International Master Angelo Abundo Young, Roberto Biron and Gary Legaspi bagged the team rapid crown in the event organized by Inter-Agency Chess Group and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
"This was a tough tournament but we are proud and grateful that we will be bringing home honors for our squad," said Young, an 8-time Illinois USA Champion.
"It was truly a team effort on our part. Everybody did his share in winning the rapid championship," added Young, who is best remembered in winning an over-all eight place finish in the +50 division of the 2019 World Seniors Chess Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
In round 5, it was Young and Legaspi who carried the Mind Power Chess Team on their shoulders with wins over their highly touted rivals.
Young outplayed International Master Chito Garma on board 1 while Legaspi upended Eugene Trasfiero on board 3. Biron and Jerry Areque to a fight draw on board 2.
On the other hand, Biron and Legaspi were the heros in the Mind Power Chess Team's conquest of powerhouse Team Balinas in round 6.
Biron subdued Rodolfo "Jun" Panopio Jr. while Legaspi outplayed Ronnie Sebastian.
Young had drawn Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. on top board.
Backed up by Atty. Rodolfo Enrique Rivera, the RG Warriors headed by National Master Edmundo Gatus, Dennis San Juan and Primitivo Virtudazo could only muster a runner up finish with 13.5 points total output to bring home the runner-up purse of 10,000 PHP.
RG Warriors halved the point with Cavite Knights, 1.5-1.5, in Round 5 then blanked Senior Incontrovertible, 3-0, in Round 6.
Against Cavite Knights, Gatus split the points with International Master Barlo Nadera on board 1 while San Juan dismantled Eduardo Tunguia on board 2.
However, Virtudazo was beaten by Alfred Jumanan on board 3.
Against Senior Incontrovertible, the trio Gatus, San Juan and Virtudazo crushed Anthony Avellanada, Agrifino Camposano and Esmael Abas, in order.
Meanwhile, IM Garma pocketed the top honors in the blitz individual event.
The Tondo, Manila native IM Garma collected six points in six outings to go home with 1,500 PHP plus trophy.
Garma scored victories over Queen Angelus Dacallos in the first round, Biron in the second round, Vincent Paolo Constantino in the third round, IM Young in the fourth round, IM Nadera in the fifth round and GM Antonio in the sixth and final round.-Marlon Bernardino-
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