Miciano takes charge

By Ed Andaya on April 4, 2018

CHIANG Mai, Thailand — FM John Marvin Miciano made it four wins in a row in the boys 18-under in the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2018 at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel here Wednesday.

Miciano, one of the country’s brightest young players,  swept  No. 2 seed  Arya Omidi of  Iran  in  the third round and No. 3 seed FM Guha Mitrbha of India  the following round to  assume the solo lead with a pefect score of four points.

Miciano, the 18-year-old mainstay of UAAP champion Far Eastern University under GM Jayson Gonzales,  is a full point ahead of  Oidi and five other players halfway through the nine-round competition  hosted by the Thailand Chess Association.

The seventh-seeded campaigner from Davao City, who also won over  CM Regan Crowley of  Australia and Ahmad Nazari Emir Rusyaidi of Malaysia, is  scheduled to meet  No. 4 FM Xu Zhihang of China.

Another Filipino, Daniel Quizon, was not as fortunate.

Quizon, the top player of Dasmariñas, Cavite , drew with  Timur Nurzhanov  of  Kazakhstan in the third round but lost to  Omidi in the fourth round to remain in a share of eighth to 12th places with 2.5 points.

Michael Concio Jr. drew two matches against Mo. 6 Biswas Subrota of  Bangladesh  and  No. 7 Abilmansur Abdilkhair of  Kazakhstan to join a heavy 11-way tie for the top psot with three points out of a possible four in the 16-under category.

Concio,  another player from Dasmasriñas, defeated Wu Po-Sheng of Chinese-Taipei and Ruslan Sezdbekov of Kyrgyzstan in the first two rounds.

Another  16-under  player,  Gal Brien Palasigue of Taytay, Rizal  had 2/4 record.

Palasigue, one of the  top players of San Beda University coach  Ildefonso Datu, toppled  No. 8 CM Ruslan Sezdbekov of Kyrgyzstan  but lost to  No. 3 FM Abdimalik Andisalimov of Uzbekistan.

In the 12-under, Mark Jay  Bacojo defeated  Dias Alimbetov of  Kazakhstan  in  the  third  round and  drew  with  Nguyen Quoc Hy of Vietnam  to stay in contention with 3.5 points.

Actually, the Filipinos are hoping to redeem  themselves after being shut  out of the gold medal  race in rapid chess.

The Philippines managed only one  bronze medal in the  rapid event  courtesy of  John  Velarde in the  boys 12-under category.

The Filipinos’ campaign is supported  by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by chairman/president Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., and  secretary-general Rep. Abraham  “Bambol” Tolentino Jr., and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.

IM Roel Abelgas is the head of delegation, while IM Yves Rañola is head coach.


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