For the second tournament in a row, the Philippines stand one game away from securing the country’s first AFC Asian Cup Finals appearance as Thomas Dooley and the Azkals prepare to take on Tajikistan in their final qualifier in Manila tonight.
Dooley’s side only need a draw against the Central Asian nation to progress to next January’s tournament, while Tajikistan must secure all three points to book their debut appearance at the tournament as a three-way fight for the top two places in Group F goes down to the wire.
Cajeras, Asuela dominate
chess tourney in Sipalay
Young chess champion Jamon Cajeras of Escalante City displayed his winning moves to win the championship in 15 and Under category of the Sipalay Chess tournament during the weekend.
The 15-year-old Cajeras, a consistent winner in local junior chess events, posted 5.5 points after the 7-round competition to bag the P5,000 top prize. He also received a trophy and a medal.
Settling for the first runner-up honors behind Cajeras was Clak Ken Pelione, while Adrian Amor placed third, Kenneth Allen Ballo-allo at fourth place and Alfonso Louis Olendo completed the top five winners.