National Junior Champion Jeth Romy Morado off to good start in Eastern Asia Juniors chess
By Marlon Bernardino
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
Tanauan City, Batangas---Reigning National Junior champion National Master Jeth Romy Morado got off to a blazing start by posting victory in the opening round of the Eastern Asia Juniors and Girls Chess Championships at the First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities College in Tanauan City, Batangas on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
Playing black, Morado, a 2nd year college student taking up International Auditing at the Far Eastern University-Manila campus prevailed over countryman John Paolo Medina after 35 moves of Slav defense.
“The first round is one of the toughest rounds in any tournament. It usually sets the tone of how you’re going to perform,” said IM elect Morado, the 2017 Asean Age Group chess champion in the Under 20 division held in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.
"I hope to perform well in this event and gain some Elo rating points," he added.
International Master Gilbert Elroy Tarigan and Fide Master Daniel Hermawan Lumban Tobing of Indonesia, IM elect Eric Labog and Robert James Perez of the Philippines also opened with wins.
Tarigan subdued Abdul Zahirul Zazaki of Brunei after 32 moves of King's Pawn Opening, Tobing trounced Max Dave Telor after 27 moves of Caro-Kann defense, Labog outplayed Jerico Santiaguel after 41 moves of Torre Attack Opening while Perez crushed Care Greene Lee of Malaysia after 51 moves of Sicilian defense.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) sponsored this tournament organized by Saturnino Belen Jr. of Active Chess Center for Asia under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation, World Chess Federation (FIDE), and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by its president/chairman Deputy Speaker Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
The Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas is the official hotel of the week-long event.-Marlon Bernardino
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