The Philippines leads the medal board as it claimed six gold, four silvers and two bronzes in the ongoing Asean Age-Group Chess Championships standard chess event being held at the Cotai Sands Conference Centre in Macau, China.
Jan Jodilyn Fronda, and Woman FIDE Masters Janelle Mae Frayna and Marie Antoinette San Diego led the charge of the Philippine delegation as they took the top three spots in the girls’ 20-under category.
Fronda and Frayna scored 7.5 each after nine rounds to share the top honors while San Diego got 5.5 points to snatch the third position. Fronda, however, pocketed the gold medal by virtue of superior tie break points.
Woman International Master Bernadette Galas and Michelle Yaon secured a 1-2 punch in the girls’ 18-under event. They both collected six points but Galas bagged the gold via tiebreak, leaving Yaon with a silver.
The other gold medalists were Shania Mae Mendoza (girls’ 16-under), Precious Day Yecia (girls’ 8-under), International Master Paulo Bersamina (boys’ 20-under), and Edmundo Gatus (Seniors 50) while Ella Grace Moulic (girls’ 16-under) and Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano (boys’ 16-under) contributed one silver each and Kylen Joy Mordido (girls’ 12-under) earned a bronze.
The Filipinos are expected to earn more medals in the rapid chess event.
Powerhouse Vietnam is in second place of the overall standings with five golds, five silvers and nine bronzes followed by China (2-3-1), Indonesia (1-1-1), Malaysia (1-1-0), India (0-1-0), Singapore (0-0-1) and New Zealand (0-0-1).