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Pascua, Galas capture titles

GM-candidate  Haridas Pascua  and WIM Bernadette Galas  crowned  themselves as the champions in the  2017 Battle of GMs-National Chess Championships at the Alphaland Makati Place.

Pascua, ever so eager to join  the country’s elite and become the country’s next  grandmaster, humbled  IM Ronald Bancod  in the 11th  and final round to  capture the title in the prestigious, 12-player  tournament with 7.5 points on  five wins and five draws.                
Haridas Pascua.
More importantly,  Pascua  earned  the right to join the Philippine team to the  43rd  World Chess Olympiad  scheduled  Sept. 23-Oct. 7 in  Batumi, Georgia.                  
The 24-year-old  Information Technology graduate at  the University of Baguio finished half a point ahead of  erstwhile co-leader IM Paolo Bersamina, who was held to a draw by  United States-based GM Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr.  in another keenly-watched final round encounter.
“I’m very  happy to win the title,” said  the Mangatarem, Pangasinan-born Pascua, who earned his third and final GM norm  in  the Abu Dhabi Masters Open two years ago but still need to  reach an ELO  rating of 2500 to be conferred with the title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).    

Author: Ed Andaya, Journal
Full Article: http://www.journal.com.ph/sports/pascua-galas-capture-titles

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