CAGAYAN de Oro produced another national chess champion when David Rey Ancheta of Corpus Christi School ruled the kiddies division of the 2017 Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships Grand Finals concluded on Sunday, October 8, at SM Mall of Asia in Metro Manila.
Ancheta was impressive in taking the 14-under crown of the 25th Shell Active chessfest, sadly now on its last year of sponsorship, as he defeated at least two Palaro medallists and yielded just two draws and no loss in the 9-round Swiss system event.
“I did not expect nga iyang mapeldi ang gold ug silver medallists last year sa Palaro. We’re so thankful to God for this success,” Dave’s ever supportive mother, Jeanny Ancheta told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro via long distance call.
Teacher Pearl Obenza, sports coordinator for Corpus Christi School in elementary level, said the younger Ancheta’s achievement will be an inspiration to his fellow school athletes.
“It takes several years for the school to have another national Shell chess champion,” Obenza said
Corpus Christi, then represented by Lennon Hart Salgados, himself a Palaro gold medallist, also won the Shell Active’s kiddies chess championship in 2007.
Ancheta finished a full point ahead of Mark Jay Bacojo and Michael Concio Jr., who both scored with identical seven points to place second and third, respectively.
Aside from Salgados and Ancheta, Cagayan de Oro also had three previous national champions in Shell Active chess, but in the junior division when Rustum Tolentino (now a National Master), Bryan Jose and Richelieu Salcedo III (now a full-pledged International Master) lorded it over in the 20-under boys category
It was actually a double-whammy feat for Cagayan de Oro as Barangay Kauswagan pride Rhea Canino scored 4 points to become the top lady performer in 14-under class of the prestigious Shell chess tourney.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 11, 2017.