The national chess team wrapped up its campaign with one gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations Primary School Sport Olympiad held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Promising woodpusher Marie Antoinette San Diego was the most decorated player with one gold and two silver medals. She topped the girl’s individual standard before finishing second in the individual rapid and individual blitz events.
“It was a good experience for our young chess players. The parents’ role and head chess coach in keeping the ‘mental toughness’ of the chess players during the hectic week long chess competition is admirable,” said coach Erwin Carag, a National Master and an International Arbiter.
Daryl Unix Samantila, a Grade 6 student at Adamson University, added one more silver medal in the boy’s individual blitz in the tournament participated by Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and East Timor.
Samantila then connived with Sol Cruz Jr. and Stephen Rome Pangilinan in collecting 10 points, good enough to snatch the bronze medal in the boy’s team blitz competition.
“It is a great feeling of hearing our national anthem played in the awarding ceremonies on a foreign land. We’re very proud of them,” said Rosa Ligaya Domingo of the Department of Education.
Emil C. Noguera