(UPDATE) INTERNATIONAL Master (IM) Daniel Quizon of the Philippines topped the open division of the Eastern Asia Juniors and Girls Chess Championship 2023 that ended on Friday, December 8, at the Sabah Oriental Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
The 19-year-old Quizon finished the 9-round open standard tournament with 7.5 points, the same output as FIDE Master (FM) Munkhdalai Amilal of Mongolia.
The Dasmariñas City-based woodpusher, however, outpointed the Mongolian in the tie-break to secure the win.
More importantly, Quizon’s performance earned him another Grandmaster (GM) norm. He bagged his first GM norm when he won the championship in the 2018 Eastern Asia Juniors in South Korea that also gave him an outright IM title.
Quizon will vie for his third and final GM norm when he competes in the Kamatyas Invitational GM Tournament to be held on December 9-17 at Grandmaster Eugene Torre Museum of Pan de Amerikana in Concepcion Dos, Marikina City.
Quizon currently has a standard Elo rating of 2415 and is required to raise it to 2500 to become a full-fledged GM.
So far, the Philippines has produced 17 GMs, including Wesley So, who is now playing for the United States.
Amilal, meanwhile, copped the silver medal and IM Aditya Bagus Arfan of Indonesia took the bronze.
Rounding out the top 10 are Candidate Master (CM) Fabian Glen Mariano of Indonesia, IM Michael Concio Jr. of the Philippines, National Master (NM) Jan Clifford Labog of the Philippines, Kavin Mohan of Malaysia, FM Christian Gian Karlo Arca of the Philippines, Jai Adithya Gnanasekar of Singapore and NM Ivan Travis Cu of the Philippines, in this order.
In the girls division, Woman FM Diajeng Theresa Singgih of Indonesia defeated Woman NM Ma. Elayza Villa of the Philippines in the final round to win the gold medal.
Woman FM Boldbaatar Altantuya of Mongolia and Woman CM Cecilia Natalie Liuviann of Indonesia went home with the silver and bronze medal, respectively.
Woman NM Ruelle Canino of the Philippines placed fourth while Villa dropped to 10th place overall.
Source : The Manila Times