Philippines, 23 Jul 2024
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        


 
 
News  


Yolanda survivor NM Engr. Mario Lawsin Rebano rules 2024 World Open U-2000 chess tilt; pockets USD 12,000


PhilBoxing.com


Manila---Mario Lawsin Rebano reigned supreme in the 2024 World Open U-2000 chess championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 7.

“I offer this victory to my fellow Filipinos, especially the people of Tacloban City (Leyte’s highly urbanized city) and all victims of calamities like me,” beamed the 57-year-old chess champion, in an interview of US based sports writer and columnist Alex Vidal who bested 226 players in the category for chessers rated 2000 and below.

This is the his biggest-ever achievement of Rebano since campaigning in the United States after surviving the 2013 superstorm “Yolanda” in Leyte in the Philippines.

The Filipino civil engineer, who left Brgy. Sagkahan 63 in Tacloban to live in New York, started hot in the 9-round Swiss System tournament that offered a top prize of $12,000 (Philippine Peso 705,000) by romping off with six points in the first six rounds.

Rebano (1967 US rating) played Caro-Kann Defense and was slowed down with a draw in Round 7 against Russia’s Stephan Kalinichev (1864 US rating) but hiked his output to 6.5 points entering the crucial last two rounds.

“I sensed Kalinichev was having a running nose and had a difficulty swapping bombs with my Caro-Kann repertoire, but I didn’t want to put him away because I thought I was safe with two rounds left in the tournament, thus I agreed for a draw,” Rebano recalled.

In the 8th round, Rebano was pitted against highly regarded fellow Filipino Jan Vincent Paragua (1960 US rating), head coach of the US representative on the FIDE World Cadets Chess Tournament, whom he blasted in Pirc Defense for another full point to vault on top with 7.5 points entering the 9th and last round.

Paragua, brother of Filipino Grand Master and Olympian Mark, incurred his lone defeat and settled for solo 6th place.
In the last round, Rebano, a national master (NM) in the Philippines, employed another Caro-Kann Defense Panov variation, but could not nail the win against the dangerous Russian Dimitry Gorelik (1897 US rating) and settled for draw.

“I trained hard and played with young chess players in Queens trained by Michael Ocedo (a Filipino chess trainer). Two weeks before the World Open, I stopped playing and just relaxed,” disclosed the undefeated Rebano, who walked away with 8 points to annex the U-2000 title in the tournament held from June 26 to July 7, 2024.

In a heartbreaking development, what could have been a double celebration for the 2024 World Open chess Philippine contingent turned into nightmare for Vincent Umayan (2170 US rating), a United States Chess Federation (USCF) master from Davao, lost his last match in the Under-2200 category to finish solo 5th place with 7 points.

Like Rebano, Umayan was undefeated entering the last round and needed only a draw to pocket the Under-2200 championship.

"It was a heartbreaking loss for Umayan because his opponent (Kamran Rawshani, 2176 US rating) was two pieces down but managed to promote his pawn into queen,” narrated Rebano, who described the match as “tension-filed and thrilling.”

Umayan scorched six opponents and drew two matches good for $750 cash before succumbing to Rawshani, who bankrolled the $12,000 top prize.-Marlon Bernardino-


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Marlon Bernardino.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Golden Age in Japanese Boxing: How is the Bigger World to Know?
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Tue, 23 Jul 2024
  • Riyadh Season and Top Rank Agree on Official Partnership
    , Tue, 23 Jul 2024
  • RIYADH SEASON ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
    , Tue, 23 Jul 2024
  • Quizon wins PCAP chess tournament
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Mon, 22 Jul 2024
  • Door Opens to Kazuto Ioka To Become Champion Again
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Sun, 21 Jul 2024
  • Antonio, Arquero enter PCAP semis
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 21 Jul 2024
  • Jason Balajadia, Leboy Atencio Gear Up for Highland Boxing Action July 25 in Thailand
    By Carlos Costa, , Sun, 21 Jul 2024
  • AKAI, THE NEWEST KICKBOXING ASSOCIATION IN ASIA!
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 21 Jul 2024
  • NAKATANI STOPS ASTROLABIO IN FIRST ROUND WITH WICKED BODY SHOT
    By Dong Secuya, , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • Olascuaga Knocks Out Kano in 3 to Capture Vacant WBO Flyweight Title in Japan
    By Dong Secuya, , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • PCAP Chess: Quizon, 7 others advance
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • AND THE NEW! ALEXIS "LEX" ROCHA CLINCHES NABO WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AND TAKES AWAY SANTIAGO "SOMER" DOMINGUEZ' PERFECT RECORD
    , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • Tabernilla rules 8th Eastern Asian Youth Chess Championship 2024 - U16 division in Penang, earns IM norm and FM title
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • World Boxing to hold its first competition in Asia as Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia is confirmed as the host of third World Boxing Cup of 2024
    , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • ALL 2024 CLASS OF INDUCTEES CONFIRMED ATLANTIC CITY BOXING HALL OF FAME 8TH ANNUAL AWARDS & INDUCTION WEEKEND
    , Sat, 20 Jul 2024
  • WBA, Inoue Reach a Modus Vivendi; MJ Akhmadaliev Appears "Abandoned"
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • Astrolabio 117.5, Nakatani 117.3
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • WEIGHTS FROM TOKYO: NAKATANI - 117 ¼ LBS., ASTROLABIO - 117 ½ LBS (PHOTOS)
    , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • 39th Kadayawan Junior Tennis Championship starts Aug. 17
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • Astrolabio ready to rumble
    By Joaquin Henson, , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • Towering 6’3” Filipino Middleweight Blazen Rocilli Signs Managerial with Boxing VIP
    , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT ON DAZN: ROCHA VS. DOMINGUEZ OFFICIAL WEIGHTS
    , Fri, 19 Jul 2024
  • PHOTOS: NAKATANI-ASTROLABIO FINAL PRESSER
    , Thu, 18 Jul 2024
  • SATURDAY: Nathan Heaney-Brad Pauls British Middleweight Title Rematch Headlines Magnificent Seven Card LIVE & Exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+
    , Thu, 18 Jul 2024
  • Robert Guerrero Named San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024 Inductee
    , Thu, 18 Jul 2024




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2024 philboxing.com.