Moulic eyes 2 Palaro golds

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Friday, May 2, 2014


NEWLY-CROWNED National Age-Group Chess Championships girls U16 champion Ella Grace Moulic of Davao City eyes two secondary girls chess gold medals in the weeklong 2014 Palarong Pambansa set to open on Sunday in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

The 15-year-old Moulic, a Holy Cross of Davao College student, said her feat may be giving her a good momentum in the annual Palaro but she is not keeping her hopes too high.

"Taas ang kumpyansa pero dili kaayo. Ang akong nakalaban sa age-group halos mao sab akong makadula sa Palaro. Ang uban lang nga midula sa girls U20 mas kusog to sila sa Palaro pero nagapangandam naman ko (I'm confident but I can't be complacent. Those I played with in the age-group I will also be facing in the Palaro. However, those who competed in the girls U20 are really strong ones but I've been preparing for them)," Moulic said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao Wednesday afternoon.

She's excited about the blitz event being included in this year's edition of the national sportsfest for elementary and secondary athletes aside from the regular standard category.

She said, "Target nako duha ka gold, sa individual man o sa team events. Paningkamutan nako. Salig man sad ko sa akong teammate nga si Joerlz Gimony. Gapraktis nami run ug bltiz matag adlaw (I aim for two golds, either in individual or team events. I'll do my best. I'm also confident with my teammate Joerlz Gimony. We've been practicing blitz everyday)."

Gimony is from Jose Maria College.

From the national age-group grand finals in Quezon Province, Moulic went straight to Laguna to join the rest of the Davao Region Athletic Assocation (Davraa) delegation who arrived there last Sunday.

She thanked her father Alfred for helping her win in the national age-group grand finals. Alfred, according to her, briefed her on the openings of her every opponent.

"Si Papa gyud nagtabang sa akoa para mudaug ko. Gi-studyhan niya mga openings sa ako mga makalaban para andam na dayon ko kung makaatbang na nako sila (It was really my father who helped me win as he studied the openings of my would-be opponents so I can be ready for them)," Moulic said.

She also said that she'll apply in the Palaro what she did in the national age-group.

Moulic hopes to bounce back from her setback in the 2013 Dumaguete City Palaro where she failed to even snatch a bronze. In the 2012 Pangasinan Palaro, she clinched two golds.

She said, "Hopefully karon maka gold ko ug balik, apilan lang gyud ug ampo (I hope to win gold again this time, of course with prayer)."

Last year, only the secondary boys team of Fide master (FM) Austin Jacob Literatus and John Rey Batucan, who are now with the National University, gave Davraa three gold medals in chess. They topped the standard team event and their respective boards.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 02, 2014.

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