Unheralded Nathalie Liscano came out of nowhere to steal the thunder from the big guns to rule the premier girls under-17 division of the just-concluded National Youth and Schools Chess Championships in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Liscano, an unrated 16-year-old native of Midsayap, Cotabato, scored a total of 7.5 points out of a possible 10 on seven wins and a draw against three losses to claim the crown and the country’s representative to international age group meets including the 6th ASEAN Youth Championships tentatively set Nov. 4 to 13 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Liscano already clinched the title in the 10th and penultimate round with a win over Xhyllon Reganion that cushioned the impact of her last-round defeat to top seed Jamelin Ruth Lim.
It was Liscano’s second title of the year after ruling the Mindanao Ladies Open online tilt last March.
Angela Joelle San Luis clinched second while Lim third with each finishing with seven points apiece in this event bankrolled by Dapitan City Mayor Seth Frederick “Bullet” Jalosjos and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines headed by Butch Pichay.
Jerish John Velardo reigned supreme in the Open U17 section by scoring five points in seven rounds the other winners were John Cyrus Borce and April Joy Claros (U15), Christian Gian Karlo Arca and Kaye Lalaine Regidor (U13), Oshrie Jhames Reyes and Nika Juris Nicolas (U11) and Bince Rafael Operiano and Mary Janelle Tan (U9).