DEFENDING champion Philippines failed to retain the title but Davao City was lauded for the successful hosting of the 19th Asean+ Age Group Chess Championships that came to a close last June 28 at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.
Philippines harvested a total of 55 gold medals, 45 silvers and 26 bronzes to secure the second spot behind comebacking overall champion Vietnam which amassed 70 golds, 52 silvers and 30 bronzes.
Indonesia placed third with three silvers and one bronze, followed by Singapore (three bronzes), Thailand (two bronzes) and India (one bronze).
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director James Infiesto Saturday said Davao City earned the foreigners' respect with its warm hospitality and security.
“They love Davao! From food to hotel to people to security and convenience,” Infiesto, citing The Royal Mandaya Hotel for its exceptional service, said.
Infiesto also described the eight-day hosting of the international chess championships a “huge success.”
Local organizers thanked NCFP president Cong. Butch Pichay, Ignatius Leong of Singapore, founding chairman of ACC, Mayor Duterte-Carpio and lawyer Raul Nadela, Jr. of the city government of Davao; Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey and PSC OIC-Arnold Agustin, PSC's Atty. Gullermo Iroy, Jr.; GM Jayson Gonzales and Arnold Allanigui of Chess Events Internationale; and Department of Education (Deped) OIC Secretary Eduardo Año and Deped Undersecretary Tionisito Umali.
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director James Infiesto also thanked the players, parents, trainers, coaches, LGU heads and Davao City's Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office, City Tourism Operations Office, Central 911 and Davao City Police Office, among others.
Phoenix Petroleum, Pagcor, Anflocor and Jollibee also supported the chessfest.