PH bags 10 gold medals in Asean Age Group Chess

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The national junior chess team bagged 10 golds, 14 silvers and nine bronzes in the 16th Asean Age Group Chess Championship held at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

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Woman International Master (IM) Janelle Mae Frayna (girls’ 20 years rapid), FIDE Master (FM) Alekhine Nouri (open 10 years blitz) and Woman FM (WFM) Shania Mae Mendoza (girls’ 18 years rapid) led the squad by topping their respective foes.

Also winning gold medals were WFM Allaney Jia Doroy (girls’ 14 standard), Bernadette Galas (girls’ 20 standard), Stephen Rome Pangilinan (open 14 rapid), Jean Karen Enriquez (girls’ 20 blitz), Alexander Milagros (senior 65 standard) and Ed Gatus (senior 50 rapid and blitz).

Caliming silver medals were Pangilinan (standard), Mendoza (standard and blitz), Milagros (blitz), Dwayne Pahaganas (open 8 rapid), Daryl Unix Samantilla (open 16 standard), Mhage Sebastian (girls’ 10 standard), WFM Samantha Revita (girls’ 16 standard), John Merill Jacutina (open 16 rapid and blitz), Jan Emmanuel Garcia (open 20 rapid and blitz) and Marie Antoinette San Diego (girls’ 20 rapid).

The bronze medalists were Garcia (standard), San Diego (standard), Gatus (standard), Alexis Anne Osena (girls’ 16 standard), Lee Roi Palma (open 14 rapid), IM Paulo Bersamina (open 20 rapid), Ruelle Canino (girls’ 8 rapid and blitz) and Austin Literatus (open 20 blitz).

The Philippines placed second overall behind Vietnam which pocketed 18 golds, 19 silvers and 16 bronzes. India wound up third with 6-2-1 followed by Singapore (4-2-5), Mongolia (3-1-9), Indonesia (2-2-3), Malaysia (1-2-1), Myanmar (1-1-0), China (1-1-0), Nepal (0-1-1), New Zealand (0-1-0) and Thailand (0-0-1).

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