Moulic leads 2014 Batang Pinoy Chess

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


HOLY Cross of Davao College (HCDC) prized woodpusher Ella Grace Moulic, playing the black pieces, stunned Woman Fide Master (WFM) Antoniete Sandiego of Dasmariñas in 46 moves of a Slav Opening to remain unbeaten after third round of the girls standard event in the ongoing 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Championships chess competition at the Masskara Hall 3rd Floor, New Government Center in Bacolod City on Friday.

Moulic stayed in contention for the gold medal, taking the lead with perfect three points while Shania Mendoza of Laguna and Samantha Revita of Pangasinan posted identical 2.5 points to share the second and third place, respectively. Sandiego, who tallied 2.0 points, was at fourth place in the six-round Swiss System format chessfest.

The be-medaled Dabawenya, who failed to defend her girls rapid title earlier, also bested Jesca Docena of Bohol in the second round after beating Rica Gabales of Bacolod City in the opening round.

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In the boys' standard category, HCDC player Tahseen Saludsong earned 1.5 points to occupy the seventh place as of Friday (January 31). He bowed to Bacolod City's Kenan Anoran in their third round clash following his second round win against Valerio Mangubat of Bacolod. Saludsong drew his first round match with Earl Martinez of Bacolod.

Moulic was testing Mendoza's mettle while Saludsong was playing against Alson Lim of Bacolod in the fourth round ongoing as of this writing.
Moulic was down with flu in the first day of action where she competed in rapid and blitz events. She earlier hoped to bounce back in the main standard event.

Davao City's former Palarong Pambansa double gold medalist, however, didn't want to keep her hopes up saying that she'll take each game at a time.

"Kayanon nako (I'll do my best)," Moulic said in a text message through her father-coach Alfred.

Over at the University of St. La Salle, the Davao City National High School spikers ended their bid by placing fourth over-all after succumbing to Makati City, 18-25, 21-25, in their battle for bronze in girls volleyballl.

Seasoned coach Soledad Toriño, in a phone interview yesterday, said they would have played in the finals if they overcame Iligan City in the crossover semi-finals.

"Sayang talaga kasi No. 1 kami sa bracket namin, wala kaming talo. Nasa amin ang malalakas na teams pero natalo kami sa semis. Down ang morale ng mga bata kasi may isang kasamahan sila na problemado sa pamilya eh inaasahan talaga siya ng team namin. Dalawa lang ang reserved players namin, hindi na talaga kinaya nga mga bata," Toriño said.

She added that only eight players made it to Bacolod due to funding constraints. The volleybelles were funded by their parents, school and other supporters. Since the city government of Davao waived its participation in the Games for 15 years old and below athletes, they competed in the national finals on their own expense.

Toriño, however, said they could have a strong chance to enter the finals if the girls toughened up a bit in their emotions, not letting their teammate's family problem also affect them during the semis match.

DCNHS spikers, runner-up in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying in Tagum City last year, upset champion Tagum City in their group stage elimination encounter. They also hacked out wins over Tanauan and Ormoc City.

DCNHS was bannered by team captain Eunice Mabayao, Lycha Ebon, Lyle Darren Amora, Micha Ella Crisanto, Khem Consencino, Georgie Loreto, Ma. Angela Iriglian, Jessa Faye Monteposo and Jemimah Ruth Maliza.

Fil-British martial arts champion James Halasan Ryan, meanwhile, seized two wins in boys -66 kgs wrestling competition at the Gaisano City Bacolod.

All games wind up as the sportfest closes today.

Davao City has so far won one gold medal and one silver courtesy of Brylle Chavez Cocjin and Jason Caceres who finished first and second, respectively, in the mountain bike event of the cycling competition.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 01, 2014.

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