This Plaridelian Cartoonist is also a chess wizard

Wearing two hats at the same time is something that Mark Angelo Fugen is in familiar territory. He is the current cartoonist of The Plaridelians, the official school organ of Plaridel National High School, Nagcarlan, Laguna.
Aside from that, he is also a chess player. Mark Angelo Parena Fugen was born on August 3, 1999 to Mr. Bernaldo C. Fugen and Ms. Corazon P. Fugen. He is the youngest in a brood of five. Currently, he is studying at Plaridel National High School  grade 10- Matulungin under his Adviser Ms. Teresa Suazo. 
He started playing chess tournaments in school when he was in grade 8. For Mark, the hardest part of playing chess is when he knows he is going to be mated by his opponent or when he loses his Queen. Aside from playing chess, he also likes to play basketball games. His idols in the NBA are Lebron James and Kyrie Irving of Cleveland Cavaliers. His inspiration in playing the game is his family. 

*photo by Vrylle Vireynato II
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Salvador is RP’s latest Grandmaster

ROLAND Salvador is the country’s newest chess Grandmaster.
A native of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and is currently based in Italy, Salvador earned his third and final GM result after topping the Tournament Fermo-Porto San Giorgio last Aug. 29 at the Astoria Hotel in Fermo in Italy.
Salvador actually ended up tied for first with four other players at seven points each, but took the title via a superior tiebreak score.

The Filipino made it a double celebration by earning his third and final GM norm by virtue of the 7/9 FIDE rule.
Salvador, GM Vladimir Epishin of Russia, GM Peter Prohaszka of Hungrary, GM Viesturs Meijers of Latvia and GM Alberto David of Luxembourg tallied identical 7 points out of nine games, with Salvador earning the best tiebreak score in the tournament, which lured 103 players.
NCFP Executive Director Willie Abalos said chess president Prospero Pichay has already directed him to coordinate with Asian Chess Federation deputy vice president Toti Abundo on whether it is still possible for Salvador’s name to be included in the list of new grandmasters in time for the Fide Congress slated Sept. 21 to Oct. 3.
Salvador beat Jon Arana Garate, Valerio Raineri, Rubern Bernadi and GM David, respectively, on his way to the title. He settled for a draw with IM Branir Certic of Serbia in the fifth, downed IM Paolo Vezzosi of Italy in the sixth and drew his last three remaining games against Epishin, Prohaszka and Meijers, respectively.

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