Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2019

Filipinos rule Malaysian chess tilt

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Oliver Dimakiling and Haridas Pascua are first and second, respectively, in the Pahang International Open

Published 8:00 PM, April 22, 2019

Updated 8:00 PM, April 22, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – After failing to nail the final grandmaster norm in two strong events, Oliver Dimakiling finally found his winning touch.

The former La Salle top board won the Pahang International Open in Malaysia with a score of 7 points out of 8 rounds. Second was Dimakiling’s compatriot and national champion Haridas Pascua with 6.5 points.

Tied for 3rd with 6 points were Alexei Barsov of Uzbekistan and Malaysians Hafizulhelmi Mas and Jimmy Liew.

The tournament had a time control of 45 minutes for both players to finish a game.

Dimakiling had participated in the HD Bank in Vietnam and the Dubai Open but he was unable to recreate his old form where he narrowly missed the final norm to become a grandmaster. –

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