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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012

FIDE Master Pascua wins Bugallon Chess tilt

by Alex Romeo R. Fernandez

BUGALLON, Pangasinan, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- International Chess Federation (FIDE) Master Haridas Pascua continued his winning streak in local chess tournaments after winning the Gen. Jose Torres Bugallon Chess Tournament held in this town on Jan. 7 and 8.

Pascua, a resident of Mangatarem town, split the point with Fidel Labuanan of Laoac town in the sixth round to win the title. He received P5,000 cash.

Pascua, a first year Information Technology student at the University of Baguio, had consecutively won the tournaments, the Libsong East Chess Tournament and the 3rd Mayor Ernesto ‘Jonas’ C. Castaneda Open Chess tournament, both held in Lingayen town last December and organized by the Pangasinan Chess Federation.

Tied for second to fourth place, with 5.5 points each, were Wesley Bustillos and Leonardo Abalos Jr. Trailing them were Dick Gicain, Romy Fagon and Labuanan (4 pts), and Ely John Estabillo, Casiano Torres, Verth Alora and Zaldy Falcon (3.5 pts).

Meanwhile, Antonio Almodal III won the 12-player kiddie category by posting 4.5 points He received P1,500 cash.

Completing the winner’s list were Joshua Magno (4 pts), Danica Ablang and Benjamin Cortez (3.5 pts), Chad Ablang, Joshua Palaganas and Joey Roi Torres (3 pts).

Special awards went to Bustillos for the top senior prize; Danica Alexis Ablang, top lady; and Argee Valenton, top local player. Each received P500. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1Pangasinan)

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