abs-cbnNEWS.com | 01/22/2009 7:51 PM
Filipino chess player Enrico Sevillano prevailed over International Master Andranik Matikozyan by tie-break points to win the over-all championship of the recently concluded Western Class Championships in Agoura Hills, California.
BilliardPhilippines.com reported that Sevillano and Matikozyan both finished 5.5 points Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in the seven round-Swiss System tournament organized by the Continental Chess Association.
"Maraming salamat sa suporta ng mga kababayan natin dito sa Amerika, lalu na ang kanilang mga panalangin sa aking paglalaro dito" said the Cebu native, who is also a former Southwestern University stand-out.
The California-based Sevillano said his main goal is to win a grandmaster title.
Sevillano, won the Asian Junior crown in 1986 and took part in the Manila Olympiad of 1992. Soon after, he migrated to the US.
Three other Filipinos also shined in their respective class in the Western Class Championships.
Filipino and US Chess master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., a sports journalist, finished seven in the Expert section with 4.0 points; Remigio Pampliega finished second in the Class A group with 5.5 points; and Alex Guillermo finished third in the Class E with 5.0 points.
as of 01/22/2009 7:51 PM