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Islandwide chess tournament brings out top minds

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - 8 players from Guam Echecs (aka Island Chess Club) battled it out during the 2014 President's Day Chess Knockout Tournament held recently at the Micronesia Mall.

After two consecutive 45-minute minute games, Loy Bonto came face to face with Jonathan Molod in the championship match. In the end, Bonto outplayed Molod in a stunning upset to secure bragging rights and the gold medal.  Molod settled for 2nd place and the silver medal.  Taking 3rd place was Almer Santos, while Zoltan Szekeley settled for 4th place.

Leon Ryan, Guam Echecs President, told KUAM Sports, "This tournament is honing our players going to represent Guam in the 40th Chess Olympiad in Norway in the first two weeks of August this year. We are going to be having this tournament on a constant basis and every Sunday we play on the 2nd floor of the Harmon Mc Donald's. Those who are interested to join our organization you are welcomed to see us there. We start playing at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Anyone who is interested to support our organization or sponsor our planned team to go to Norway you can contact us on our website on Facebook at Guam Chess or you can call me personally at 788-1631."

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