MANILA, Philippines -- Pangasinenses have all the reason to be jubilant as one of their own bagged the junior men’s title in the 2012 National Age Group and National Juniors Chess Championships in Batangas on Monday.
Fide Master Haridas Pascua, a native of Mangatarem town, took the crown after successive wins over Cagayan de Oro’s Chester Jason Coquilla and Manila’s Alcon John Datu.
Pascua, a sophomore BS IT student at the University of Baguio, collected a total of 29 points on nine wins, two draw and one loss in 12 games, an output good enough for the top place.
"Nagpapasalamat po ako kina Cong. [Prospero] Pichay at Atty. [Ruel] Canobas na patuloy na sumusuporta at nagsisilbing punong abala sa mga grass roots chess development sa bansa. Kay Gov. [Amado] Espino na simula pa nuon nagsisimula ako ng chess ay tumutulong na sa akin, lokal man o internasyunal at kay G. [Juan[ Sison ng Pangasinan Chess," said Pascua.
Woman Fide Master Jedara Docena of Bohol, meanwhile, ruled the distaff side by tallying 23 points.
She is half point ahead of runner-up and last year's champion Janelle Mae Frayna of Legaspi City.
Both Pascua and Docena will represent the country in the 2012 World Junior Chess Championships in Athens, Greece. – By Marlon Bernardino