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Miciano is King of Asian Youth Chess

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By Erel A. Cabatbat

FIDE Master John Marvin Miciano toppled HGM Thilakaranthne in the final round to rule the 2018 Asian Youth Chess Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Miciano took the full point in 44 moves of Sicilian Nadorf Variation encounter, which was a favorite of legendary American world champion Bobby Fisher, to bring his total to an impressive 7.5 points out of nine rounds to win the gold medal.

Miciano likewise became the country’s latest International Master for ruling the 18-year-old and under tournament.

“Marami pong salamat sa paniniwala nyo po sa aming mga kabataan. Sana po ay patuloy po tayong magtulungan na mapaunlad ang chess sa Pilipinas,” Miciano said after winning the title.

Miciano also booked his ticket to the World Youth Championship set to unfold in Halkidiki, Greece on October 16 to November 1 this year.

Miciano’s mentor and coach GM Jayson Gonzales gave credit to his ward’s discipline and unwavering pursuit of his goals as the reasons behind his biggest success so far in his career.

“He really worked hard for this. He is very disciplined and very humble. I hope his win will inspire our young Pinoy chessers to strive more and work harder to bring glory to our country,” Gonzales added.

FM Elect Daniel Quizon made it a 1-2 finish for the Philippines.

Quizon bested CM Le Minh Hoang of Vietnam in the last round to take home the silver medal.

Quizon finished the tournament with 6.5 points in nine games.