January 16, 2022

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Standings after round 7:
6.5 points—IM Daniel Quizon
5 points—IM Ronald Dableo
4.5 points—IM Ricardo de Guzman
4 points—GM Darwin Laylo, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia
3.5 points—IM Joel Pimentel, IM Paulo Bersamina, IM John Marvin Miciano
3 points–GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr.
2 points—WGM Janelle Mae Frayna
1.5 points—IM Michael Concio Jr.
1 point—Allan Pason

MANILA—International Master Daniel Maravilla Quizon held his ground against Allan Pason and escaped with a draw to keep his one and half-point lead intact with four rounds left in the 2021 Philippine National Chess Championship (Barkadahan Para sa Bansa FIDE-rated over-the-board Chess Championships on Sunday at the Solea Hotel and Resort in Mactan, Cebu.
Quizon, one of eight IMs in the 12-player field, had answer to every Pason attack and came away with the much-needed draw after 62 moves of Modern defense to hold off his rivals for the top P80,000 purse.

Quizon remains on top with 6.5 points, with International Master Ronald Dableo staying in second with 5 points. Dableo defeated International Master Paulo Bersamina after 30 moves of the Reti Opening. International Master Ricardo de Guzman came third position with 4.5 points. He split the point with International Master John Marvin Miciano after 66 moves of Bogo Indian defense.

Grandmaster Darwin Laylo toppled International Master Michael Concio Jr. after 32 moves of Budapest Opening to score 4 points and share 4th to 5th placers with International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia. Garcia split the point with International Master Joel Pimentel after 15 moves of Reti Opening. Pimentel, Bersamina, Miciano now has 3.5 points. Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. halving the point with Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna after 20 moves of Caro-kann defense to raise his total 3 points.

The six-day event was being bankrolled by PSC chair Butch Ramirez, NCFP president Rep. Butch Pichay, POC president Rep. Bambol Tolentino, Chess Movement Chairman Dr. Ariel Potot, PCSO vice chair and general manager Royina Garma and Atty. Roel Canobas. Aside from a slot to the AIMAG set in Bangkok and Chonburi, Thailand in 2023, a champion’s purse worth P80,000 plus P50,000 and P25,000 for the second and third placers, respectively, will be up for grabs, according to NCFP CEO GM Jayson Gonzales. /Marlon Bernardino