Promising woodpushers Stephen Rome Pangilinan, Allaney Jia Doroy and Daren Dela Cruz copped gold medals in their respective age groups in the 12th Asian Schools Chess Championships held in Tehran, Iran.
Pangilinan collected 7.5 points on six wins and three draws in nine rounds to bag the boys’ Under-15 gold medal.
He stamped his class over Sandeepa Nirusha Akshit of Sri Lanka (second round), Gholami Orimi Mahdi of Iran (third), Li Wenxiang of China (fourth), Arman Pourghanvarzad of Iran (fifth), Ramtin Tajbakhsh of Iran (seventh) and Piyumantha Sasith Nipun of Sri Lanka (ninth) then split the point with Ahiru Sithija of Sri Lanka in the opening round, Kazemiyan Eski Abolfazl of Iran in the sixth and nima Fendereski of Iran in the eighth.
Doroy, on the other hand, dominated the girls’ Under-17 after claiming eight points on eight wins and one loss.
The Woman FIDE Master outclassed Iranians Yegane Khorshidi, Zhasman Birgani, Bia Vesal Hamedi and Tara Asgharpourmasoleh, Indians Supreetha Potluri and Jayesh Bhagya, Kyrgyzstan’s Diana Omurbekova and Mongolia’s Batsaikhan Erdenehulug.
Her lone defeat was handed by Mitra Asghazadeh of Iran in the third round but it didn’t matter as Doroy stayed composed, sweeping her remaining games since then.
After nine rounds, Dela Cruz was actually tied with Mongolian Erdenebat Enkhjin with 7.5 points in the girls Under-9.
But the Filipina player took the top honors because of superior tiebreak points.
Mecel Angela Gadut chipped in one silver medal in the girls’ Under-7 category.