Loren Brigham Laceste is the 2011 Canadian Under 18 chess champion. He resides in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Birth and early life

Born in La Union, Philippines,[1] he was taught chess at age seven.[2] As an eight year old he competed on behalf of the Philippines at the 2002 World Youth Championship in Greece.[1] “By the time he was nine he was the national Philippines champion.”[3]

Loren has two brothers.


His family immigrated to Canada in 2009[2][3] though they were preceded in the 1990s by an aunt and (briefly) his mother Tess, under the Live-in Caregiver program. Loren Laceste is an honours graduate of Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Championship Game

Already the British Columbia provincial "K-12" champion,[4] Laceste persevered through a four hour long, July 9, 2011, championship game played against "recognized international master" Arthur Calugar, to win the tournament with a 5.5 score. He defeated players with much higher Canadian Chess Federation ratings, including Calugar.[1][2][3]

This win allowed him to compete in the world youth chess championships in Brazil in November 2011.[5]


Future plans include a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and studies in applied sciences.[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Israel O. Rudio, "Laceste Qualifies to World Youth Chess Championships", La Union Province website, accessed 26 August 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Tessa Holloway, North Shore News, "King of the board, and only 18 - Carson grad will represent Canada at world youth chess tournament" 20 July 2011, accessed 26 August 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 GERRY BELLETT, Vancouver Sun, "North Vancouver chess champion to play in world championship" 14 July 2011, accessed 25 August 2011
  4. Marlon Bernardino, "Filipino Laceste sweeps Canadian Chess Tournament" In:, accessed 26 August 2011
  5. World Youth Chess Championship - U 18 Open ID FIDE - 59417 accessed 12 December 2011
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