Last March 30, a small but strong tournament took place at the northern-end of Lapu-Lapu, namely the Marigondon Tournament 2017. The top seeds were wiz-kid Allan Pason, Albert Rivera, the classical Kraig Quinain, and the veteran Richard Gohetia Sr. The 2-day and 8-round event saw Kraig Quinain of Lapu-Lapu chess club, leading valiantly in the first day thus chalking up 3.5 points(+3 -0 =1). Quinain beat strong players like Richard Gohetia Sr and wildcard Zalde Baring on the first day. But things became very different on the second day as Quinain's game suddenly collapsed against a virtually unknown but talented Roy Looc, in the 6th round. Quinain was in a completely winning position whenLooc, who was in despair, prudently steered the game towards complicated positions, which eventually led to Quinain slipping away the game. Quinain's loss in round 6 enabled Pason to steadily catch up and even winning the tournament, but only via tiebreaks(Pason's 10.5 tiebreak points against Quinain's 8). Notably, Pason won the tournament without a single loss: 5 wins, 0 losses, 3 draws in 8 games. The surprise of the tournament however, was the wildcard Zalde Baring who now, well unto his senior years, heroically racked up 5 points towards the final standings. He was fifth place. Completing the top five slots were Rivera(3rd place), and Gohetia Sr.(4th place).
|Chess players at work, serious work.|
|Richard Gohetia Jr. (left) facing an unknown but well-versed rival.|
On unfortunate side of events, Richard Gohetia Jr, the son of the ingenious Richard Gohetia Sr, didn't fare well in the event as he only managed to score 2 points in the 8 rounds. It's well-known that Gohetia Jr got the bronze medal just recently in the CVIRAA Elementary Meet. Perhaps this was just fluke though, hopefully.
Elora Supermarket and Cafe Elora graciously sponsored the event. Total prize fund was around 11,000 pesos.
Special thanks to Denver Siva Torres for officiating the tournament, and Marvin Ruelan who allowed management to rent-out his chess sets and game clocks.
FINAL STANDINGS (TOP 10)