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Arca climbs to third place in FIDE World Youth Chess Championship


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Montesilvano, Italy---Filipino FIDE Master Christian Gian Karlo Arca subdued Norwegian chesser Isak Vinh Brattgjerd in 57 moves of Caro-Kann Defense to create a four-way tie for third place after the sixth round of the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship on Saturday at the Pala Dean Martin centro congressi in Montesilvano, Italy.

Arca raised his total to 5.0 points (4 wins and 2 draws), the same output of FIDE Master Magnus Ermitsch of Germany, FIDE Master Edgar Mamedov of Kazakhstan and FIDE Master Pawel Sowinski of Poland in the Boys under-14 section.

Ermitsch outclassed International Master Artem Imuskov, Mamedov outwitted FIDE Master Daniel Tabuenca Mendataurigoitia of Spain while Sowinski trounced Sultanbeibarys Dumanuly of Kazakhstan.

FIDE Master Pham Tran Gia Phuc of Vietnam and International Master Savva Vetokhin of Russia, meanwhile, defeated their respective foes to share the top spot with 5.5 points each.

Pham beat FIDE Master Andrej Ljepic of Serbia while Vetokhin toppled FIDE Master Nicolas Perossa of Italy.

Meanwhile, FIDE Master Mark Jay Bacojo of the Philippines drew with Grandmaster Volodar Murzin of Russia in 44 moves of Giuco Piano Opening to score 4.5 points on account of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss to remain in contention in the Boys under-18 section.

Thus, Bacojo climbed from 6th to 18th places.

International Master Aleksey Grebnev of Russia smashed FIDE Master Aron Pasti of Hungary in a battle of heavyweights to assume the solo lead.

Grebnev now has 5.5 points in six outings, half point ahead over International Master Aldiyar Ansat of Kazakhstan, FIDE Master Konstantin Popov of Russia, International Master M Ilamparthi A R of India and FIDE Master Agoston Juhasz of Hungary who totes 5.0 points each.

The Dasmariñas City, Cavite resident Arca and Bacojo, both members of the star-studded Dasmariñas Chess Academy of Mayor Jenny Barzaga, Rep. Elpidio "Pidi" Barzaga Jr. and national coach FIDE Master Roel Abelgas, will go up against Sowinski and FIDE Master Nguyen Quoc Hy of Vietnam, respectively in Monday's seventh round (Sunday is rest day).

"We are hoping that FM Christian Gian Karlo Arca and FM Mark Jay Bacojo can sustain the momentum in the following round," said Arena Grandmaster Almario Marlon Quiroz Bernardino Jr., Philippine Delegation Head who is also part of the coaching staff that includes Woman Fide Master Shaina Mae Mendoza and Arena FIDE Master Ederwin Estavillo.

In the distaff side, Jirah Floravie Cutiyog bested Jolie Huang of the USA in 42 moves of Sicilian Defense to raise his total 4.0 points ( 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss) in the Girls under-14 section.

Woman National Master Bonjoure Fille Suyamin drew with Guadalupe Montano Vicente of Mexico in 41 moves of King's Indian Defense to score 3.5 points (3 wins, 1 draw and 2 loses) in the Girls under-14 section.

Woman National Master Kaye Lalaine Regidor nipped Woman Candidate Master Lia-Alexandra Maria of Romania in 65 moves of Sicilian Defense, Alapin Variation to score 4.0 points (4 wins and 2 draws) in the Girls under-16 section.

However, Woman National Master Franchesca Largo was beaten by Woman Fide Master Ana Petricenco of Moldova in 23 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening and got stuck at 3.5 points (3 wins, 1 draw and 2 loses) in the Girls under-18 section.

In other matches, Mark Gabriel Usman waylaid Melvin Ral Lustig of Sweden, Charly Jhon Yamson yielded to Giorgi Chanturia of Georgia, National Master Oscar Joseph Cantela was beaten by FIDE Master Adrian Soderstrom of Sweden, Anica Shey Dimatangihan split the point with Alexia Andries of Romania and Maureinn Lepaopao loss to Lena Antenreiter of Austria.

Usman (3 points in the Boys under-14 section), Yamson (2 points Boys under-14 section), Cantela (2 points Boys under-16 section), Dimatangihan (3 points in the Girls under-14 section) and Lepaopao (1 point in the Girls under-14 section).
The Philippine chess team’s campaign in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship is backed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, headed by its chairman and president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

It is also supported by Cavite Vice Governor Athena Bryana Delgado Tolentino, General Trias City, Cavite Mayor Luis "Jon Jon" Ferrer IV, Vice Mayor Jonas Glyn Porto Labuguen and OIC City Sports Jon Jon Comandante. -Marlon Bernardino-


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