Two University of Baguio wood pushers topped the 26th Baguio Center Mall non-master chess tournament in top two finishes over the weekend.
Former Shell champion Leonardo Abalos drew with top ranked Ivan Gil Biag while another UB stalwart, Conrado Agaton beat Jose Fernando Camaya to dominate the first and second places of the quarterly event.
Abalos beat his second in command through tie break points of 32 against the latter’s 29 to take the top trophy and P7,000 prize.
Agaton settled for the P5,000 second place prize as he caught up with the ranked 16th Abalos, who was unbeaten after six rounds.
The top seed Biag of the Big City took the third place cash of P3,000 as he led Fidel Labuanan with six points each, but the latter taking the fourth place prize of P1,500.
Labuanan defeated multi-winner Verth Alora in the last round.
Rachel Pascua also of UB had four points and the 28th spot to take the top lady award in the second of this year’s BCM event.
Angeles City-born Dale Bernardo denied a possible sweep by UB when he faced former top elementary player Marvin Limocon.
Paul Lejither Uy of Tarlac City had the best tie break point of 31 to take the top trophy and P5,000 first prize followed by Bernardo who is now P3,000 richer.
Limocon narrowly beat Hezekiah Navarro 27.5-27 for the P1,500 third place purse, while the latter, who is from UB-Laboratory High School, settled for P1,000 fourth place purse.
At fifth is second seed Jamler Luis Uy who beat Baguio’s Kenneth Chaves by tie break point and the higher P800 prize. Chaves led four other players with P500 cash prize.
At seventh is La Trinidad boy Wy-cliffe Aromin (4.5, 32), followed by Nueva Ecija’s Ronni David Sebastian (4.5, 29.5), the younger of the Limocon boys, Mark Vincent (4, 30.5) and the top female player Engielyn Mendoza (4, 29).