Baguio woodpushers reap medals in ASEAN+ tilt

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Friday, June 13, 2014


UNIVERSITY of Baguio's Bea Mendoza and Brylle Gever Vinluan played vital cog in their age groups and helped the country to a second place finish behind Vietnam in the 14th Asean+ Age Group Championship in Macau, China.

Mendoza snatched a silver and a bronze to help the cause of the country in the 14-under girl’s team adding to the bronze bagged by Allaney Jia Doroy in rapid chess.

But it was the boys under 16 team that made life miserable for the top dog woodpushers from Vietnam as they took the gold in rapid and blitz chess and a silver in the standard chess beside the gold from Kyle Sevillano and Vinluan in rapid chess, even as the third boy in the RP squad, Daryl Unix Samantila, topped the blitz side.

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The trio also had silver medals from Sevillano in standard chess, while Vinluan accounted for a silver in rapid chess despite finishing with the same score as the former with 5.5 points of the possible seven. But Sevillano had the higher second tie break of 28.5 points against the 16.5 of the Pangasinan born UB stud.

Sevillano got his higher tie break by winning his opening match against Samantila, even as Vinluan drew bye. Samantila narrowly missed the bronze after losing via tie break to Vietnamese Phamh Minh Huie whom he lost to in the fifth round.

Phamh also beat Vinluan in the earlier round but Sevilano prevented a Filipino shut out when he edged the top seeded Vietnamese in the 6th round.

Vinluan had five wins, one defeat and a draw against Sevilano, who made four wins and three draws, the other two from Malaysian opponents.

Vinluan, however, did not count in the standard chess where he finished 10th, behind Sevillano (2nd), wild card Ahmad Ali Azote (5th) and Samantila (6th) where they made 17.5 points and second to top ranked Vietnam (19), while Singapore took third place with 16 points.

Sevillano and Vinluan had 5.5 points apiece, while Samantila added five for RP’s 16 points and four point victory over Vietnam in Rapid chess, while Malaysia was third with 12 points.

Samantila, the top ranked blitz player, took top podium as the country made 19 points and a 2.5 point win over Vietnam in blitz, while Malaysia wound up third with 11.5.

Mendoza and Vinluan are expected to fly for Uzbekstan on November for the Asian Junior Championships after they won their respective divisions in the recent 2014 National Junior Championship held at the PSC office at the Rizal Memorial Complex before fyling to Macau.

Vietnam finished the 11-nation competitions with 57 golds, 46 silver and 26 bronze medals, with Philippines coming second with 35-41-17 haul, while Singapore is a distant third with 13-7-20.

Last year, Mendoza was with Doroy and Natori Diaz as they took the gold in the South East ASEAN+ age group chess championship in Chang Mai, Thailand where they took a gold.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 14, 2014.

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