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Dableo sweeps Sicilian Prodigy tilt

By Marlon Bernardino
Mon, 13 May 2024

Grandmaster Candidate and International Master Ronald Dableo swept his assignments and scored 7.0 points to rule the just concluded Sicilian Prodigy 1st Edition FIDE-rated Rapid Open Chess Tournament held Sunday, May 12 at the Robinsons Metro East in Pasig City.

Dableo, head coach of multi-titled University of Santo Tomas chess team and member of the star-studded Philippine Army chess team, opened his campaign with a win over Jan Carlsen Matencio then followed it with victories over Patrick Bonifacio, AFM Ritchie James Abeleda, WNM Lexie Grace Hernandez, Kevin Arquero, Luffe Magdalaga and NM Ivan Travis Cu.

His run was a testament of his mastery in the English Opening.
Dableo pocketed the P10,000 cash prize and a beautifully crafted trophy courtesy of host AGM Reu Gabriel Sebolino and IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia in close cooperation with National Arbiter Ranier Pascual of Kaizen Knights Concepcion Dos Chess Club and Robinsons Malls.

"I am happy to have won the Sicilian Prodigy 1st Edition FIDE-rated Rapid Open Chess Tournament. I wish that my luck would remain the same in my next tournament," said the 45-year-old Dableo, who is supported by the Philippine Army and University of Santo Tomas.

The former 3.2 Vungtau, Vietnam Asian Zonal champion Dableo, whose current FIDE rating is 2364, would need to reach the 2500-rating plateau to barge into the country’s elite GM club that included Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre, Wesley So and Mark Paragua.

Magdalaga, Arquero and Jerry Areque finished behind Dableo with identical 6.0 points, while Hernandez, IM Paulo Bersamina and Sherwin Tiu had 5.5 points each.-Marlon Bernardino-

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