THE Philippine chess team came away with 35 golds, 43 silvers and 17 bronze medals in the recent 15th ASEAN Plus Age-Group Chess Championships in Sands Cotai Central, Macau.
The good showing handed the Philippines a second-place finish behind Vietnam, which dominated with a 20-22-25 gold-silver-bronze finish, according to the tournament’s official website.
With its performance, the Philippines surpassed the year’s team’s 24-28-13 output in Thailand, according to National Chess Federation of the Philippines executive director Jayson Gonzales.
Six woodpushers, led by eight-year-old Precious Yecla earned titles during the nine-day event held from June 3 to 12.
The Aklan-based Yecla and Michelle Yaon were among the youngest winners.
Yecla, became the youngest Woman FIDE Master after finishing with 8.0 points in nine rounds of the 8-under girls’ event.
Yaon also became a WFM in the multi-nation tournament after she tied for first place with teammate Bernadette Galas with identical 6.0 points in the girls’ 18-under side. Peter Atencio
Members of the squad paid Philippine Sports Commission Ricardo “Richie” Garcia a courtesy call last Friday.
Indonesia placed third with a 3-2-2 output.