The national junior chess team continued its impressive showing in international scene by winning six gold medals in the 11th Asian Schools Chess Championships held at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Woman FIDE Master (WFM) Shania Mae Mendoza and Stephen Rome Pangilinan spearheaded the country’s campaign as they bagged two gold medals each in their respective age groups.
Mendoza topped the blitz (6.5 points) and standard chess (7.5 points) events in the girls’ Under-17 division while Pangilinan dominated the standard chess (7.0 points) and blitz (7.0 points) of the open Under-13 class.
International Master Paulo Bersamina (open Under-17 blitz) and Kylen Joy Mordido (girls’ Under-13 blitz) chipped in one gold apiece.
Bersamina also had silver in the standard chess while Jerish John Velarde (open Under-9 standard) and Allaney Jia Doroy (girls’ Under-15 standard and blitz) delivered the other silver medals.
Joseph Raphael Vergara pocketed the lone bronze in the open Under-7 blitz.
The Philippines grabbed the overall title this time with six-gold, four-silver, one-bronze output and relegated India in second with five golds, eight silvers and six bronzes.
Mongolia was in third with 4-2-4 followed by Kazakhstan (4-2-2), Singapore (2-2-0), Uzbekistan (2-1-2), China (1-1-2) and Sri Lanka (0-2-1).
The junior Pinoy woodpushers are fresh from claiming 10 golds, 14 silvers and nine bronzes in the 16th Asean Age Group Chess Championship also held in Singapore.