Filipina Loreshyl Cuizon topped the women’s division of the 2017 Asian Amateur Chess Championship held at the Lotus Pang Suan Khew Hotel activity center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Cuizon collected 7.5 points on six wins and three draws in nine rounds to pocket the top honors in the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Chess Federation.
She scored victories in the early rounds against Sirin Bootsumran of Thailand (first round), Woman Candidate Master Bagul Ezizova of Turkmenistan (second round), Woman Candidate Master Fong Mi Yen of Malaysia (third round), Soe Ohnmar of Myanmar (fourth round) and G Sanhya of India (fifth round).
Cuizon then settled for draws in the sixth round against Gochhikar Aparajita of India, seventh round against Shalini Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka, and eighth round against Sarocha Chuemsakul of Thailand before scoring a crucial win against Claire Foo Jing Er of Malaysia in the final round.
After nine rounds, Cuizon was in a tie with Sandhya who also earned 7.5 points.
But the Filipina player bagged the top honors by virtue of superior tiebreak points.
In the men’s division, Stewart Manaog was in a three-way tie for second place with Islam Baisynov of Kyrgyzstan and Dagii Ganduulga of Mongolia with seven points each.
However, Manaog fell to fourth when tiebreak points were applied leaving Baisynov in second and Ganduulga in third.
Bakhtiyor Djumaev of Uzbekistan ruled the event with eight points.
Manaog had seven wins and two losses against Hirao Satoshi of Japan in the third round and Bakhtiyor in the eighth round.
He defeated Loo Hsien Rong of Malaysia (first), Al Ansi Amin of Oman (second), Chen Meng Boon of Singapore (fourth), Pankaj Sharma of India (fifth), Matthew Lau Ende of Singapore (sixth), Madni Waqar Ahmad of Pakistan (seventh) and Aliuddin Azahari of Brunei (ninth).