Tiel Blanca places 2nd in int'l online chess tourney

July 08, 2021

Representing the Philippines, incoming Ateneo de Manila Junior High School grade 9 chess wizard Tiel Blanca (Pamplona/8-Pongracz in SY 2020-2021) performed superbly in two recent online tournaments hosted by the India-based Little Angels High School (LAHS) chess organization using the lichess.org platform.

On June 25, Tiel placed 5th in the U-15 category of the LAHS Open National Chess Arena. He played a total of 11 games with a record of 8 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. The competition attracted 216 participants from various countries, with Tiel being the only Filipino to win in the U-15 category.   

On July 4, he placed second out of 162 players from various countries in the LAHS Gwalior International Online Open Blitz Chess Championship after winning 7 of his 9 matches.