FIDE Master Sander Severino of Silay City continues to reap recognition in online chess tournament after placing second in the first FIDE Online Cup for People with Disabilities on Thursday.
Severino actually tied for first place with Marcin Tazbir of Poland, each finishing the tournament with 4.5 points, but the Polish grand master had better tiebreaks to win the title.
Natasha Morales Santos from Puerto Rico showed topped the women’s competition after scoring 3 out of 5, same with Handenur Sahin and Annegret Mucha, but with a better tiebreak.
Tazbir and Severino were the two highest-rated players in the competition, an invitation fiver-round Swiss competition which drew participation from 38 participants representing 28 national federations.
It was a tough battle for both Tazbir and Severino, with the champion working hard in the first two rounds as he found himself in tough positions but eventually managed to turn tables around and score two points, a report posted on the FIDE.com website.
The second part of the event was much easier for him – after beating Mihail-Dacian Pribeanu in a solid positional style, he made a quick draw in the final game with Severino, the report added.
The Negrense champion, meanwhile, was noted playing his most important game in the fourth round with Yuri Meshkov (Russia), who was also on a perfect 3 out of 3 score.
Severino prevailed and sealed his spot at No. 2 after the draw against Tazbir.
“Thank you FIDE Commission for Disabled and Organizing Committee it was an excellent tournament. More tournaments please!!” Severino posted on his social media account.
He added that his success is the triumph of all Filipino athletes and persons with disabilities.
He also thanked Coach James Infiesto, Atty. Cliburn Anthony Orbe and everyone who watched the game online.*
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