Michael Ocido, 28, of Victorias City, Negros Occidental made his mark in international chess with a dominant finish in the 8th HDBank Cup International Open Chess 2018 held Thursday at the Army Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Ocido, a product of the A&V Negros Chess Club Association Inc. Negros Open and Close Chess tournament, earned 7.5 points on six wins and three draws to capture the championship in the Challengers group of the tournament. He received a cash prize of $1,200 and a trophy from the organizers.
His victory in Vietnam sealed his spot among the chess standouts from the Philippines. Two years ago, he also attracted attention at the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open in Thailand after prevailing over fellow Filipino woodpushers Fide Master Christopher Castellano and Candidate Master Franz Robert Grafil, Candidate Master James Coleman of England, and Fide Master Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit of Thailand.
He scored a draw against Fide Master Jirapak Pitirotjirathon and R. Ashwath of India before bowing to Fide Master Boonsueb Saeheng and Grandmaster Gerhard Schlebler of Germany during the tournament in Thailand.
Joining Ocido in the top five winners during the Vietnam competition are Recarte Tiauson of Talisay City, who placed third, and FIDE Master Nelson Villanueva, who landed at No. 4. Both collected $500 cash prize from the tournament.*
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