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Chess whiz Velarde ranks 11th in Thailand tournament

SKJun 2 2015847Jeric D. Totesora

Chess wizard Jerish John D. Velarde scored four wins, four draws, and one loss to place 10th runner-up in the Boys Under 9 Category of the FIDE World Schools Chess Championships 2015.

The 8-year-old represented the Lapu-Lapu City Central Elementary School in the chess competition held in Pattaya, Thailand last May 6-15.

In the 11th Asian Schools Chess Championship in Singapore, ongoing up to June 8, 2015, Velarde was reported to have won the second game against India.

Velarde’s final score in the World Schools Chess Championships in Thailand was six out of nine points, making him the 11th best of his category in the world. He reportedly tied scores with eighth and ninth runner-ups CM Nikhil Magizhnan and CM Mendonca Leon Luke of India.

He was initially ranked 56the out of 61 players when the tournament began but rose to Rank 11 when it ended.

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