The Philippines bagged eight gold medals in the 17th Asean Age Group Chess Championships held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.
International Master (IM) Paulo Bersamina led the country’s campaign by winning two gold medals in the boys’ 20-year division.
He dominated the rapid event with 6.5 points on six wins and a draw.
Bersamina defeated Nathat Kranchagpun of Thailand (first round), Vietnamese Che Quoc Huu (second), IM Lu Chan Hung (third), Le Huu Thai (seventh), Malaysian Ding Tze How Dilwen (sixth) and compatriot Vince Angelo Medina (fifth) then drew with IM Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam in the fourth round.
Bersamina copped his second gold in blitz as he scored 6.5 on six wins and a draw.
It was a good comeback for Bersamina who settled for fourth place in the standard chess in the early stage of the competition participated by China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Vietnam and host Thailand.
The other gold medalists were Stephen Rome Pangilinan (boys’ 14-year blitz), Mark Jay Bacojo (boys’ 10-year rapid), Daniel Quizon (boys’ 12-year rapid), Marie Antoinette San Diego (girls’ 18-year blitz), Ruelle Canino (girls’ 8-year standard) and Alexander Lupian (seniors 50), who topped their respective age groups.
Besides the golds, the team also got silver medals from Pangilinan (rapid and standard), Canino (blitz), Bernadette Galas (girls’ 18-year rapid), Japeth Aaron Caresona (boys’ 14-year blitz), Jean Karen Enriquez (girls’ 18-year blitz), Daniel Quizon (boys’ 12-year standard), Darry Bernard (boys’ 16-year standard) and Allney Jia Doroy (girls’ 16-year standard); and bronzes from Galas (standard and blitz), Quizon (blitz), Jerish John Velarde (boys’ 10-year blitz), Jeth Romy Morado (boys’ 18 blitz), John Ray Batucan (boys’ 20-year blitz) and Kylen Joy Mordido (girls’ 14-year blitz and standard).