MANILA, Philippines – Chess player Marie Antoinette San Diego gave the Philippines its first gold medal in the ASEAN Primary School Sports Olympiad 2010 (APSSO) Chess Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.
San Diego bested Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien of Vietnam in the tie-break points to clinch the gold of the individual girls standard competition.
San Diego and Thanh Thuy Tien tallied 4 points apiece in 5 outings. San Diego crushed Parahita Miliyana L of Indonesia 3 in the final round while Thanh Thuy Tien clobbered former solo leader Dita Karenza of Indonesia 2.
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President-Chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. lauded San Diego's latest feat.
“This proves once again that the Filipino can be at par with the Asia’s best pawnpushers,” he said.
In the Boys Team competition, Daryl Samantila was held to a draw against Ikhsan Siregar of Indonesia 2, Stephen Rome Pangilinan won against M. Yazid Pratama Al Banjari of Indonesia 1, while Raul “Rhal” Sol Cruz bowed to Muhammad Faizal Bin Roslan of Malaysia. They finished with 8.5 points for 7th place of out 8 teams.
Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia 3 won the gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
The APSSO is participated by 10 countries – Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei and the Philippines. Its other sports events are football, table tennis, badminton and athletics. – by Marlon Bernardino