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.