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Bicol businessman tops exec chess

Ricardo Martin, a businessman from Bicol, topped the inaugural leg of the Executive Chess Circuit Sunday at the Dugout Sports Bar and Grill at One Jorama Place, Congressional Avenue corner San Beda Street, Barangay Toro in Quezon City.

Martin settled for a draw with Marlon Bernardino Jr. after 30 moves of a King’s Indian defense to finish with 5 points after six rounds.

Martin was actually tied with Philip King Cartagena of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), but won the tiebreak.

Cartagena defeated Joselito Dormitorio in 50 moves of a Modern Benoni in the final round.

Tied for third place with 4.5 points were Bernardino and lawyer Quirino Sagario who whipped businessman Kirk Jeremias after 45 moves of Queen’s Pawn Game.

Grandmaster Eugene Torre graced the opening ceremony of the event organized by lawyer Sammy Estimo and officiated by International Arbiter Erwin Carag and National Arbiter Alex Dinoy.

The final standings:
5.0 points—Ricardo Martin, Philip King Cartagena

4.5 points—Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., Quirino Sagario

4.0 points—Joselito Dormitorio, Franz Barretto, Ruben Monte, Wilfredo Neri

3.5 points—Kirk Jeremias, Luie Dador

3.0 points—Daisy Rivera, Emiliano Colindres, Noel Garcia, Renato Domaycos, Erven Perlas, Florendo Batasin Jr., Amado Labarda

2.5 points—Noel Tejada, Raymundo Marras, Loren Tabilog

2.0 points—Johnny Teves, Jhun Del Mundo, Chester Yonzon, Rudy Artuz

1.5 points—Graciano Gomez Jr., Bino Tibez, Marc Anthony Lingbawan