DAVAO CITY – The youngest Arena Grand Master (AGM) in the Philippines has achieved a slot to compete in the semifinals of the Grandmaster Eurgen Torre Search for Kid Grandmaster last February 28.
AGM Christian Gian Karlo Arca,12 of Panabo City, Davao del Norte got the slot after he finished in third place in the first leg of the qualifying tournament.
The first leg was won by Dennis Jhocel Mendoza of Mandaluyong City.The tournament was earlier organized to crown the top under 12 chesser in the country who has the talent to follow into the footstep of Torre, Asia’s first grandmaster.
Arca is feeling food as of the moment since he is one of the nominees for the 2021 Most Outstanding Panaboan Awards.
The nomination of Arca is well deserved since he literally put Panabo on the global sport’s maps with his recent achievements in online chess.
The Most Oustanding Panaboan award is part of the Araw ng Panabo festivity in March.Recently, Arca proved that his chess title is no fluke.
This developed after Arca won the two tough online chess tournaments in a span of two successive days.
On Valentines’ day, Arca joined forces with April Joy Claros of Pampanga to rule the Dalawahan Valentine’s Day tournament.
Arca and Claros who both played in the World Cadets chess championship scored 39 points to win the duo chess tournament.
The following day, Arca won the 2nd United Queens Chess Club (UQCC) Kiddies Cup 2021 13 and under chess tournament.
Arca scored 5.5 to win the tournament which features some of the top young chessers in the country.
The Panaboan won P500 cash as a prize.Last February 7, Arca also won the 14th AFPI Chess Arena.
Arca scored 48 points to win the tournament and participated in 58 of the top 17 and under players in the Philippines.
The tournament was earlier organized by Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales and Women Fide Master Michelle Yaon of the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE).