Unheralded Mervin Lumidao claimed the top honors in the 16th Bangkok Chess Open Challenger held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Lumidao was undefeated in the seven-round tournament as he scored 6.5 points on six wins and one draw to pocket the title.
Arnulfo Gavilan competed the country’s domination when he earned the runner-up trophy with six points while Sathit Kasetchol of Thailand settled for third spot despite having the same six-point showing because of inferior tiebreak points.
Lumidao outclassed Danyuttasilp Yuttasak of Thailand in the first round, Frank Kebbedies of Germany in the second round, Michael Williams of US in the third round, Kumar Atul of India in the fourth round, Omid Bashirinia of Iran in the fifth round and Sumit Grover of India in the sixth round.
He notched his lone draw in the final round against Gavilan.
On the other hand, Gavilan posted victories over Napat Laosaengpha of Thailand, Fuad Ahmed of Maldives in the second, Tin Mg Lwin of Myanmar in the third, Hussain Nimal of Maldives in the fifth and compatriot Martin Gaticales in the sixth. He split the point with Ihsan Siregar of Indonesia in the fourth and Lumidao in the seventh.
The other Filipinos in the field were Roberto Carandang (10th place), Gaticales (11th), Brena Membrerer (12th), Lourecel Ecot (13th), Eric Calacday (25th), Henry Calacday (26th), Alekhine Nouri (31st) and Rhenell Peligros (47th).