Unheralded Jarel Lacambra shocked Woman Grandmaster-candidate Kylen Joey Mordido to earn a berth in the Philippine team seeing action in the World Cadets and Youth Rapid Chess Championships late this month.
Lacambra, who played for Adamson University in the UAAP, toppled Mordido three times – the first in the round robin and the other two matches in their playoff tiebreaker – for the lone spot in the premier girls 18-under division.
It was a heartbreaking result for Mordido, who was the heavy favorite to rule the event being a member of the national team that competed in the FIDE Online Olympiad and Asian Nations Chess Cup.
Paul Matthew Llanillo also pulled off a stunning victory in the boys side with an upset victory over International Master Daniel Quizon in their playoff tiebreaker.
Also making the cut were Michael Concio (Open U16), Jerlyn Mae San Diego (Girls U16), Samantha Umayan (Girls U14), King Whisley Puso (Boys U12) and Franiel Magpily (Girls U10).
The said world tilt is set Nov. 27 to Dec. 23.