LEONEL Escote scored 6.5 points to emerge solo boys’ champion while Oryza Reign Repato racked up 5.5 points to seize the girls’ crown in the Forum Robinsons Summer Rapid Chess tournament at Forum Robinsons EDSA in Mandaluyong recently.
Escote posted six victories and had one draw in the seven-round Swiss system tournament to nip three others for top honors worth P2,000, a gift certificate and a trophy in the one-day event organized and sponsored by Robinsons Mall in coordination with their Group Marketing Communications manager Ma. Theresa Gonzales.
Cyrus Francisco, Clifford Bernardo and Josh Castro all wound up with six points but Francisco took the runner-up honors with a superior tiebreak score. Bernardo placed third and Castro finished fourth after the tiebreak with Prince Mella ending up fifth with 5.5 points.
Repato, on the other hand, won five matches and drew once to finish the top female player with 5.5 points. She took also took home the cash prize and medal for her title conquest.
The kiddies tournament, which also featured the non-master category for 195o-and-below rating, drew 112 participants, according to National Arbiter and tournament director Alexander Dinoy.