Saturday, October 21, 2006

Leonora Labog wins Baguio Scrabble Tournament

(Shared by Pigeon Lobien by email dated Oct. 20, 2006)

Leonora Labog won the Baguio Scrabble Tournament Sunday at the Villa Cordillera here.

The Quezon City based Labog was already assured of the title as  early as the 14th round of the 16-round King of the Hill tournament when she beat top local bet William Caluza, 388-306, as her 1010 spread (combined score less combined opponents score) was already  beyond the reach of any of her opponents.

Baguio based Information Techonology instructor Abe Gogoling, who was running second with nine wins and her next opponent made the game more exciting as he defeated Labog, 380-335, in the next and penultimate round.

However, he needed to win by as much as 244 points to catch up with the latter's spread to snatch the victory in the event supported by National Irrigation Administration chief Arturo Lomibao, Villa Cordillera and Lexico.

Labog trailed Gogoling by as much as 30 points going into her last tiles when she played DRUXY and surprised the latter for a 363-358 victory as an icing to her victory.

Labog finished the tournament with 12 wins against four loses and a spread of 970.

Gogoling settled for second place with 10 wins and spread of 473."This is really something. I can't say anything," said Labog, a member of the club of genius, Mensa, of her first major victory, which came in the absence of the top gun like two time champion Odette Rio and top rated Filipino player Ronald Credo whose wife gave birth before the tourney started.

She was seeded second at the start of the tournament and came out the winner with her donning the tourney shirt for champion and P10,000 the richer.

La Union based professor Roger Parchamento blasted Caluza on the second board, 390-315, as the top seed took third place with a slate of 10-6 and 454 spread, while Caluza settled for fourth place with the same card but lower spread of 202.

Local pride actually was high that day as another Baguio based scrabbler joined the money train with Malou Coronacion getting fifth spot when she nipped 2003 champion retired police colonel Antonio Malonzo, 365-361.

Coronacion finished with a 9-7 slate in tie with Henry Pacifico but took the fifth by virtue of a higher spread of 185 against the 74 of the latter.

Other winners include Fred Bintudan, the top local player, as well as spouses Huub and Becky Luyk for finishing second and third best local players, respectively, in the event also backed by Department of Public Works and Highways Director for Cordillera Mariano Alquiza, Baguio Rep. Mauricio Domogan, acting Baguio Mayor Peter Rey Bautista, Eng'r Ernesto Paraon, Caltex – Legarda, 50s Diner, Joderek Bautista, Rumours, Axa Philippines, Rotary Club of Baguio Sunrise, Alpha Pet Care, Nestor Wong, Councilor Elmer Datuin and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines – Cordillera.

"I hope to see a Baguio Scrabble Tournament 7," said Lomibao after the tournament as he also congratulated Ivan Joe Imperial of Angono, Rizal and two other townsmates as the teener will leave for Sydney , Australia next month to play in the World Junior Scrabble Championship.

Final Result:

Baguio -- Oct. 14-15, 2006 -- 16 rds. -- 16 players

Rank/Players/Recorded Wins & Spread
1 Labog, Leonora 12 +970
2 Gogoling, Abe 10 +473
3 Parchamento, Roger 10 +454
4 Caluza, William 10 +202
5 Flores, Malou 9 +185
6 Pacifico, Henry 9 +74
7 Malonzo, Antonio 8 +266
8 Miranda, Mario 8 +180
9 Bintudan, Frederick 8 -169
10 Imperial, Ivan Joe 8 -456
11 Acain, Carlos 7 +190
12 Luyk, Huub 7 -228
13 Onate, Robbie 7 -303
14 Borres, Kristian 7 -624
15 Luyk, Becky 6 -418
16 Fidelino, Joseph 1 -1151

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