Sunday, October 18, 2009


Abdullah scores rare sweep in FCPL August Active Chess Tournament

Tato Abdullah (centre) receives his prize from FCPL Sec-Gen Ronnie Balilo.
Joining them are (from left) FCPL President and tournament arbiter
Jobannie C. Tabada, FCPL Adviser Joey Tiberio and Abu
Dhabi Ramadan
Active Chess champion Rolenson Loyola,
who was one of the tournament sponsors.

Tato Abdullah swept the competition to rule the FCPL August Active Chess Tournament at Reef Mall. The third-seeded Abdullah scored six points in six games to finish 1.5 points ahead of his nearest pursuers.

Top-seed Rocky Pabalan settled for second, edging out fellow 4.5-pointer Melvin Segismundo, the tournament's No.2 seed, in the tiebreak score. Richard Perez and Jumar Abo took the fourth and fifth spots. All top five players received cash prizes.

The special prizes were awarded to Art Lilagan (top Under 1700/unrated), Ben Penranda (top Under 1800), Angelito Melicano (top Under 1900) and Kyle Cedric Dolor (top Kiddie).

The tournament was sponsored by Rolenson Loyola, Robert Arellano and Marvin Marcos. Loyola and Arellano finished first and second, respectively, during the Abu Dhabi Ramadan Active Chess Open, while Marcos was seventh in the same tournament.

Standings (click on image to enlarge)

Final-round pairings (click on image to enlarge)

Second placer Rocky Pabalan.

Third placer Melvin Segismundo.

Fourth placer Richard Perez

Top Under 1700/Unrated Art Lilagan.

Top Under 1800 Ben Penaranda.

Top Under 1900 Angelito Melicano.

Top Kiddie Kyle Cedric Dolor.

ABSENT MINDED. FCPL Board Member Gerry Lababo (right)
about to punch the wrong clock in his game against Kyle Dolor.

Align CenterFIRST TIMERS. FCPL adviser Paul Ducalang (right) vs. first-timer
Arnold Cabiasa, Nino Gawid (second from left) vs. another first-timer
Marcelino Gonzales, and Eddie Dural (third from left) vs. yet another
first-time FCPL tournament player, Lito Lababo, brother of Gerry.

Kiddie player Jean Aeolus Gueco (left) vs. Melvin Segismundo.

Rocky Pabalan (left) vs. Richard Perez.


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