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Three-way tie for first place in the inaugural Open Kitchen rapid chess tournament

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WOMAN FIDE MASTER (WFM) Allaney Jia Doroy of National University chess team defeated former solo leader 8-times Illinois, USA champion International Master Angelo Young in the last round to create a three-way tie for first in the inaugural Open Kitchen rapid chess tournament held at the Open Kitchen 34-36 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Brgy. Kaunlaran, Cubao, Quezon City on Saturday.

Ms. Doroy collected four points in five outings, the same output of Mr. Young and US chess master Jose “Jojo” Aquino Jr.

Mr. Aquino winner over International Master (IM) Ronald Bancod in the opening round needed to beat National Master (NM) Romeo Alcodia in the final canto to share the top honors with Ms. Doroy and Mr. Young.

“I would like to thank the management of Open Kitchen for inviting me to participate in this one-day rapid event and also to my parents, coach (Jose Aquino Jr.) Jojo and NU Team Manager Samson Go who always beside me in my professional chess career.” said the 17-years-old Ms. Doroy.

The triumvirate receive their cash prizes and trophies for their efforts during the awarding ceremonies led by China Aurelio and John Gomez of Open Kitchen, National Chess Federation of the Philippines directors lawyer Cliburn Anthony Orbe and Gaticales and US based engineer Florentino Inumerable Jr. in the one-day chess affair organized by tournament director Jeff Dimalanta in close cooperation with Barangay Kaunlaran chairman Christopher “Dong” Cheng, International Billiards/Snooker Champion Marlon Manalo of Patrol Party list and councilor Irene Belmonte. — Marlon Bernardino