Another Filipino woodpusher makes good abroad.
Jelvis Arandela Calvelo cemented his reputation as one of the top non-master chess players in the Philippines when he ruled the Air Tawar Rapid Chess Championship dubbed as Melaka Chess Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Calvelo, a native of Dasmarinas City, Cavite defeated Indon Sukarman Lukman and Malaysian Erowan Masrin in the last two rounds to rule the six round Swiss-system event.
Calvelo won all of his games to tally a perfect six points. He earlier beat Aman Mohd Airffin, Zulkiple Abdul Muhaimin, Mat Noor Zainal Abidin and Mohd Jamil Mohd Rosdi of Malaysia.
It was the third Malaysian chess title for Calvelo who has virtually made a habit of dominating tournaments in this former British colony. He also finished in a tie for first in the Karnival Catur Sepang-Sepang Rapid Chess Open and Kuala Lumpur Open chess last December.
Calvelos’ chess campaign in Malaysia is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and the City Government of Dasmarinas, Cavite.