KIM Yutangco Zafra of the Philippines placed third in the 23rd Torva-Helme chess tournament that ended on Sunday, June 4, in Estonia.

The Europe-based Zafra tallied 5.0 points on account of five wins and two loses in seven rounds.

He finished at third place after the tie-break was applied, relegating fellow five-pointers Karl Matias Kokk to fourth place and Janis Koops to fifth place.

"I am dedicating my victory to my countrymen. It's an honor to represent our country," said Zafra, who hails from Novaliches, Quezon City.

Tonu Rauk of Estonia claimed the title with 6.5 points followed by Sergei Novikov, also of Estonia, who scored 5.5 points.

Zafra scored victories over Kert Raide in the first round, Elmar Uprus in the second round, Karl Mattias Kokk in the third round, Andres Tobre in the fifth round and Urmas Rosental in the seventh round.

Zafra, however, bowed to Tonu Rauk in the fourth round and Sergei Novikov in the sixth round.

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