By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
International Masters Daniel Quizon and Michael Concio Jr. came through with the needed results and finished 1-2 in the Asian Zonal 3.3 Championship Sunday to clinch spots to the World Chess Cup 2021.
Quizon, 16, drew with Grandmaster Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia in 30 moves of a Queen’s Gambit Accepted while Concio, 15, outlasted Indonesian GM Novendra Priasmoro in 106 moves of a Sicilian Defense.
Quizon ended up with seven points while Concio finished with 6.5 points to emerge the newest Filipinos to advance to the biennial event since United States-based Julio Catalino Sadorra qualified in Tbilisi, Georgia four years ago.
The World Chess Cup is slated on Aug. 1 to 28 in Minsk, Belarus.
Quizon came out undefeated with five victories and four draws while Concio had five wins and three draws against a lone defeat.
Concio’s win over Priasmoro turned out to be the biggest as he found a way to transform a drawish game into a full point.