Team Philippines brought home seven gold medals to finish third overall in the recent Asian Schools Chess Championships in Panjin, Liaoning, China.
Allanney Jia Doroy, a 15-year-old from Nazareth School of National University, pocketed two golds in the standard and rapid events while securing the silver in the blitz for the U17 years category to earn the distinction as the top Filipino performer in the tournament.
Aside from the seven golds, the 12 Filipino chessers also collected 10 silver medals and a bronze with Jerlyn San Diego (under-13) of The First Uniting Christian School and Al-Basher Buto (U7) of Faith Christian School winding up triumphant in the rapid and blitz, respectively.
Daniel Quizon (U13) of Dasmariñas National High School with his fine showing in blitz rounded out the gold-medal haul of the squad sponsored by Philippine Sports Commission and added a silver (standard).
Philippine Science High School’s Stephen Rome Pangilinan (U17), fresh from his podium finish in the inaugural East Asian Juniors Chess Championship, and Dasmariñas National High School’s Kylen Joy Mordido (U15) settled for the three silvers staked in their respective categories.
Vicente Villanueva Memorial School’s Daren de la Cruz (U9) contributed silver (standard) as did Marie Ernestine School’s Jerish John Velarde (U11 blitz). The only bronze (rapid) was courtesy of Makati Science High School’s Gal Brien Palasigue (U15).
Cong. Prospero A. Pichay, Jr., National Chess Federation of the Philippines Chairman and President, said, “It is heartening to see investments in our robust grassroots chess development program in partnership with Philippine Sports Commission consistently reaping dividends.”
GM Eugene Torre and Chess Olympiad veteran Cesar Caturla mentored the team.
Powerhouse China with 92 players competing in 36 events topped the medal board on 10-7- 10 output even as Uzbekistan with 8-6- 4 nipped the Philippines. Indonesia (6-2- 6,) and Mongolia (3-1- 3) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.