CEBUANO SANCHEZ SHAREs 3RD PLACE IN ITALY CHESS MEET

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FILIPINO Grandmaster Joseph Sanchez (ELO 2533) defeated Russian GM Vladimir Burmakin (ELO 2558) in the ninth and final round to finish in a tie for 3rd-4th places in the 15th Open Internazionale Citta di Padova Chess Championship held Dec. 16-23 at the Fornace Carotta in Padova, Italy.

The Cebuano Sanchez, who is presently based and regularly plays in France, scored 6.5 in 9 games and tied Ukraine’s GM Yuri Solodovnichenko (ELO 2557) for the 3rd-4th spot.

GM Burmakin (2558) took the title on a higher tiebreak score over Italian IM Roberto Mogranzini (ELO 2489) after both tallied 7.0 points each. /Correspondent Marlon Bernardino

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