• Pinoys finish second in Asean Age-Group Chess


    FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina led the 10-gold, nine-silver, six-bronze medal haul of the national junior team in rapid and blitz events of the Asean Age-Group Chess Championships held at the Cotai Sands Conference Centre in Macau, China.

    Bersamina pocketed two gold medals in the boys’ 20-under category. He collected six points in ruling the rapid event then scored eight points to dominate the blitz class.

    Veteran master Edmundo Gatus also claimed two golds in the Seniors 50 rapid (6.5 points) and blitz (eight points).

    The other gold medalists were Bernadette Galas (girls’ 18-under rapid), Shania Mae Mendoza (girls’ 16-under rapid), Rhenzie Kyle Sevillano (boys’ 16-under rapid), Michael Concio (boys’ 10-under rapid), Michelle Yaon (girls’ 18-under blitz) and Daryl Unix Samantila (boys’ 16-under blitz).

    Winning silver medals were Mendoza (girls’ 16-under blitz) Ella Grace Moulic (girls’ 16-under rapid), Vince Angelo Medina (boys’ 18-under rapid and blitz), Brylle Gever Vinluan (boys’ 16-under rapid), Janelle Mae Frayna (girls’ 20-under blitz), Marc Christian Nazario (boys’ 20-under blitz) and Stephen Rome Pangilinan (boys’ 12-under blitz) while the bronzes were delivered by Galas (girls’ 18-under blitz), Allaney Jia Doroy (girls’ 14-under rapid), Adrian de Luna (boys’ 10-under rapid and blitz), Cherry Ann Mejia (girls’ 20-under blitz) and Christian Nanola (boys’ 18-under blitz).

    The Philippines, however, finished second overall with a total of 16 golds, 13 silvers and eight bronzes, counting its six golds, four silver and two bronzes in the standard event earlier.

    Vietnam grabbed the title with 20 golds, 22 silvers and 25 bronzes while Indonesia placed third with 3-2-2 followed by Singapore (2-3-2), China (2-3-1), Malaysia (1-1-5), Russia (1-0-0), India (0-1-1) and New Zealand (0-0-1).


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