DAVAO pride IM John Marvin Miciano did his best but still lost to top seed GM Sandro Mareco of Argentina in an all-important sixth round duel in the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Chess Championship in Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Miciano, who swept his first five assignments in a smashing performance that drew praise from his coach-trainer GM Jayson Gonzales, missed the right continuation in the queen-knight-bishop endgame and resigned after 58 moves against the higher-rated Argentinian player ( ELO 2643).
The end came after Mareco’s 58. Bd2 and the hopeless position leading to an inevitable mate.
The loss let the 17-year-old student of UAAP champion Far Eastern University with five points with still three rounds left in this 240-player, 19-nation tournament being held in the popular tourist destination known as the Dutch City by the Sea.”
Miciano, widely considered as one of the country’s brightest young players since GM Wesley So, won his first five matches over Henk Burg of the Netherlands in the first round, Emmanuelle Hng of Netherlands in the second round, Sven Stange of the Netherlands in the third round, Zheng Chongsheng of China in the fourth round and GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov of Russia in the fifth round.
Supporting the Filipinos’ campaign are the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), led by chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
S. Mareco vs. J. Miciano
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 c6 6. O-O a6 7. Nc3 d6 8. e4 Bg4 9. Be3 b5 10. Qb3 Nbd7 11. Nd2 e5 12. d5 cxd5 13. cxd5 Nc5 14. Qa3 Qc8 15. f3 Bh3 16. b4 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 Ncd7 18. Rac1 Qb8 19. Ne2 Rc8 20. Rxc8+ Qxc8 21. Rc1 Qf8 22. g4 Qd8 23. Nb3 Nb6 24. Na5 Nfd7 25. Rc6 Bf8 26. Qc1 Na4 27. Ng3 Qb8 28. h4 Nf6 29. Bg5 Ne8 30. h5 Qa7 31. Rc8 Nb6 32. Rxa8 Qxa8 33. Be3 Nc8 34. h6 Be7 35. Nc6 Qb7 36. Nf1 Kf8 37. Nd2 Qd7 38. Qa3 Qb7 39. Nb3 Nf6 40. Qc1 Ke8 41. Nba5 Qc7 42. Qc2 Kf8 43. a4 bxa4 44. Qxa4 Qd7 45. Qd1 Ne8 46. Qd3 Nc7 47. Qc4 Bd8 48. Nb7 Bh4 49. Nb8 Qb5 50. Qxc7 Qe2+ 51. Kh3 Qxf3+ 52. Kxh4 g5+ 53. Bxg5 Qh1+ 54. Kg3 Qg1+ 55. Kf3 Qf1+ 56. Ke3 Qe1+ 57. Kd3 Qd1+ 58. Bd2 1-0