DAGUPAN CITY, Oct 19 (PIA) — Young chess players in Pangasinan hauled several medals in the recent Batang Pinoy North Luzon Leg in Lingayen town, raising the province’s score to clinch the over-all championship in the 12-event sports competition.
Rosales town chess player Samantha Glo Revita dominated the girl’s division, winning all the categories, namely: standard category (6 points), rapid category (5.5 points) and blitz (6 points).
The 2012 Palarong Pambansa gold medalist’s performance hoisted the girl’s team to first place in the blitz category and second place both in rapid and standard categories after Baguio City.
The girl’s team, consisting of Revita, Maycydel Fajardo, and Regyne Palaming, tallied four gold and two silver medals in team and individual counts, combined.
In the boy’s division, the Pangasinan team, won all the three categories, ahead of second placer Baguio City.
Team mainstay Antonio Almodal III won two individual bronze medals in the rapid and blitz categories.
Pangasinan took the title with 77 gold, 88 silver and 85 bronze medals, ahead of last year’s title holder Baguio City, with 69 gold, 61 silver and 49 bronze medals.
Of the total medal haul, seven gold, two silver and two bronze medals came from chess.
The Pangasinan Team will represent Luzon in the national finals in Iloilo City in December.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), organizer of the event, donated 20 chess sets to 236 inmates of the Pangasinan Provincial Jail last Friday.
PSC Commissioner Jose Luiz Gonzales, together with Provincial Sports Consultant Modesto Operania, International Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales, International Master Yves Rañola, and National Master Edmundo Gatos, handed over the sets.
The donation was part of the PSC’s outreach program, according to PSC Representative Toby Mijares. (ANL/ARRF PIA-Pangasinan with report from PIO)