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Arca shares 2nd place halfway through the Asian Youth Chess Championships

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Arca shares 2nd place halfway through the Asian Youth Chess Championships

FILIPINO rising chess star Christian Gian Carlo Arca continued to plow through older, tougher competition as he vaulted into a share of second place midway through the Asian Youth Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan this weekend.

The 15-year-old FIDE Master (FM) emerged from a tight opening position with a pseudo central pawn sacrifice that allowed him to win the exchange, a pawn and ultimately the game at the expense of the Iranian Abolfazl Mogheyseh in 47 moves of a trick. Slavic defense.

It lifted Mr.Arca’s total to four points, or just one point behind solo leader and fourth seed FM Eldiar Orozbaev of Kyrgyzstan, who remained undefeated and perfect with five points after beating the host country’s Satbek Akhmedinov in the nine-round tilt.

Mr. Arca, whose trip here is being financed by Dasmariñas, Cavite, shares No. 2 with Mr. Akhmedinov, sixth-choice FM Alexander Khripachenko of FIDE, Shahdad Teimouri Yadkuri of Iran, Duong Vu Anh of Vietnam and Chia Yu Zhe Ashton of Singapore .

Mr. Arca, who achieved his second of the three required standards to become an International Master (IM), after officiating a grandmaster tournament in Quang Ninh, Vietnam last month, looked to maintain his solid start as he fought top seed IM Aldiyar Ansat of Kazakhstan in the sixth round at the time of writing.

2024 PSA winner Tony Siddayao will be hoping to win the tournament and claim an outright IM title. — Joey Villar