Young Pangasinan chessers haul 10 medals from Vietnam tilt
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, June 28 (PIA) -- Three young chess players from the province hauled a total of 10 medals from the 13th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship in Vietnam, June 10 to 19.
In the Under-16 Open Section, Romy Fagon, 15, of Urdaneta City, took home a gold medal in the Standard Play team category, a bronze in the individual category, and two silvers in the Rapid and Blitz Play team categories.
Ten-year old Regyne Palaming, also of Urdaneta City, took three silver medals in all the three team categories in the Under-10 section.
Rosales town chess player Samantha Glo Revita, meanwhile, in the two team categories earned a gold medal in Under-14 Rapid and two silver medals in the Standard and Blitz.
Fagon, a second year student from the Urdaneta City National High School, earned a bronze medal in the Palarong Pambansa last year, while Revita dominated the elementary girlsâ€™ competition in the same event hosted by the province last month.
Palaming, meanwhile, gained prominence in the chess community by winning the ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship in 2010 and 2011.
The Philippines hauled in a total of 57 (12 gold, 36 silver, and nine bronze) medals, taking the overall second place, behind the host country, which tallied 121 (73 gold, 31 silver, and 17 bronze) medals.
Notable young players Paulo Bersamina, Jacob Literatus, and Joel Pimentel took two gold medals each.
Chess has been one of the sports being prioritized by the provincial administration today as attested by the regular chess clinics and tournaments being conducted here, notably the National Age-Group Chess Championship last year. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1, Pangasinan with report from PIO)
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