Batang Pinoy Chess: Literatus wins first 2 rounds

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

DAVAO City's Fide master (FM) Austin Jacob Literatus lived up to his billing by sweeping his first two rounds at the start of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Batang Pinoy 2012 National Finals chess competition at the Iloilo Sports Complex training room on Thursday.

Literatus, a student of Doña Carmen Denia National High School, outclassed Mark Marcellana of Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 28 moves of a King's Indian Defense after beating Kris Oswald Olvido of Iloilo via 23 moves of a Sicilian Defense.

The Dabawenyo ace Literatus, who harvested six gold medals in the Mindanao Qualifying, said he played Marcellana and Olvido for the first time.


"Muabot sad sobra isa ka oras akong dula tagsa-tagsa nilang duha. Gina-expect nako nga mas mudugay pa ang dagan sa mga dula sa sunod na mga rounds kay mas bug-at naman akong makaatbang (I played each of them for over one hour. I expect that matches will be longer in the remaining rounds where I will have to face tougher rivals)," the 15-year-old Toril resident said in a phone interview.

He was waiting for his third round assignment as of presstime.

Literatus added, "Tarungon lang gihapon nako ang sunod na mga dula (I will still do my best in every match)."

He expects Jerad Docena of Pasay City as the stiffest opponent in the boys category. Literatus and Docena have played opposite each other numerous times and the Dabawenyo said the latter had won 70 percent of their past encounters.

Holy Cross of Davao College's Ella Grace Moulic, for her part, subdued Ma. Mae Bel San Juan of Manila in the first round then drew with Sharon Pacres of Cebu.

Davao Central College's Dhona Yngayo, meanwhile, defeated Glydel Casa of Iloilo Province but settled for a draw with Antoniette San Diego of Cavite in the second round.

Moulic was still playing Sharon Pacres of Cebu while Yngayo was trading pieces with Antoniette San Diego of Cavite as of this writing.

Davao City's athletics, swimming, table tennis, badminton and arnis teams also opened action in separate venues yesterday while the karatekas are expected to make their debut today.

Athletics, swimming and table tennis are being held at the Iloilo Sports Complex while arnis is set at the SM City Iloilo. The Lapaz Plaza covered gym hosts badminton and the Western visayas College of Science & Technology is the venue of karatedo.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 07, 2012.


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