DAVAO City’s Samantha Umayan helped the Philippines win three silver medals in the recently-concluded 29th Asean+ Age-Group Chess Championships 2019 in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Umayan, 12, a Grade 8 student at Far Eastern University (FEU) Diliman, along with Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian and Lovely Ann Heraldino.
The country’s chessers tallied a total of 15 points while champion Vietnam, composed of Thien Ngan Nguyen, WCM Hong Nhung Nguyen and WFM Quynh Anh Vuong, garnered 22.5 points in the girls 14-below blitz event. Host Myanmar placed third with seven points.
In girls 14-below standard, Umayan and her teammates scored 14 for the Philippines, trailing behind powerhouse Vietnam (21 points). The Filipino trio also settled for silver in rapid division (11.5) as Vietnam (16.5) also took the gold.
“Masaya po,” was Umayan’s quick reply when asked about her recent Asean stint.
She placed 13th in standard, 10th in rapid and also 10th in blitz. In blitz, the 13th-ranked Umayan, who hails from Buhangin, upset third-seeded Nguyen Minh Yen Nhi of Vietnam in their first round encounter.
She said there was no guarantee winning a medal going into the final rounds of the categories they entered.
She added, “50/50 kasi po nakadepende kung mananalo yung isang Team PH.”
The Dabawenya booked a ticket to the Asean chessfest after she salvaged a bronze medal in the 2019 National Age-Group Chess Championships. Her championship victory in the Visayas leg earned her a spot in the national qualifying.