Former NCAA champion Rernie Malupa topped the Vice Mayor Denver Chua Chess Cup, an over-the-board tournament held at the Academe of Donna Christine in Dahalican, Cavite recently.
Malupa, who plays fro the Cavite Spartans in the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) All-Filipino Conference, finished with five victories and a loss but edged Arjoe Loanzon and Lloyd Rubio to claim the title and the top purse worth P2,000. Loanzon ended up second while Rubio third to settle for P1,000 and P500, respectively.
Juncin Estrella, the 2019 elementary level provincial champion, wound up fourth while Michael Metrio fifth.
Other category winners were Eduardo Tunguia (senior), Janmyl Tisado (18-and-under), Ariel Santander (14-and-under), Eugne Evalo (12-and-under) and Janna Pagkaliwangan (lady).
The one-day tournament was ushered in by Grandmaster Joey Antonio, a many-time Olympiad veteran and national champion.