DCC, DCHS, DWA, JMC, take top spots in chess tourney

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Sunday, July 13, 2014


DAVAO Central College (DCC) of Toril, Davao Christian High School (DCHS), Davao Wisdom Academy (DWA), and Jose Maria College (JMC) topped their respective divisions after four rounds of play during the first day of the 5th JVR Inter-School Invitational Chess Team Championship 2014 held at JVR Training Center EMCOR-Bajada last Saturday.

In the Grade School girls division, Irish Yngayo and Gabrielle Ariadne of DCC combined to score 7.5 points in four rounds to help them secure the solo top spot. Meanwhile, Raphaela Bianca Adel and Nicole Loqueloque of Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) tallied 2 and 4 points respectively while Lienane Faith Salajudin and Princess Joy Atupan of Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School delivered 3 points each as both schools occupied the second spot tied with six points.

On the other hand, a third seed lockdown was played between the Colegio de San Ignacio duo of Ronah Faye Sinusuat and Mira Heradane, Doña Asuncion Hizon Elementary School's Queen and Faith Peralta, and Stella Maris Academy of Davao's (SMAD) Celina Miren Santos and Blanche Ellyz Bongato where all teams managed to score five points each.

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For the Grade School Boys division, DCHS grabbed the top spot behind the strong efforts of Keevin Roy Tee and Michael Agabin after scoring four and three points, respectively. Meanwhile, AdDU, St. Paul College of Davao, and Sta. Ana Central Elementary School were all tied for the second spot with 6 points each. For the third spot, Southern Phils Polythecnic College, DCC, Berean Christian Academy, and SMAD were all tied with 5 points each.

The DWA tandem of Zsuzsa Grace Tabudlong and Rhobie Shayne Benogsodan, on their part, marked a perfect 8 points to earn the top spot as DCC's Lorraine Yngayo and Renneh Mae Asilum and Davao City Special National High School combo of Anavelle Jane Sasam managed to punch in 6 points each. The latter settled for the second spot in the High School Girls division. AdDU, SMAD, Doña Carmen Denia National High SChool, and Our Lady of Fatima Academy then secured the third spot after each team scored five points.

Bhing Joel Gimony and Erbel Liwanan of JMC accounted for 7 points to lead the High School Boys division followed by DWA, Crossing Bayabas National High School, and University of Immaculate COnception with 6 points. Then, AdDU, Our Lady of Fatima Academy, F. Bustmante National High School, Holy Cross of Davao College, SMAD, and Davao City National High School settled for the third spot with 5 points.

Games will resume on July 29 at EMCOR-Bajada. The two-day tournament is sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and sponsored by EMCOR.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 14, 2014.

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