MANILA, Philippines -- Woman FIDE Master (WFM) Shania Mae Mendoza of Sta. Rosa defeated Vic Glysen Derotas of Cebu City in the sixth and final round to emerge as the blitz champion in the just ended Batang Pinoy chess tournament finals in Bacolod City.
Mendoza, playing under the watchful eye of coach National Master (NM) Erwin Carag, tallied a total of 5.5 points in six outings en route to the coveted title.
Meanwhile, Christian Klent Pondoyo of Cebu City edged Elijah Maliam of Dasmarinas City in tie break points to win the Boys division. Both of them tallied five points apiece.
Andre Miguel Jorgio of General Santos City came third with 4.5 points followed by fourth placer Stevenson Garong of Bacolod City with 4.0 points.
In the rapid competition, Garong won the boys side with 6 points while WFM Marie Antoinette San Diego is the girls’ winner with 6 points. - Marlon Bernardino