Gonzales, Docena bag gold medals

JULIUS GONZALES of Marikina City, Jerad Docena of Bohol, WFM Cherry Ann Mejia of Pangasinan and Janelle Mae Frayna of Legaspi ruled the Open 10-under, Open 14-under, and girls 16-under categories of the rapid competition at the close of  the 12th Asean + standard age-group chess  championships in Tarakan, Indonesia on Sunday.

Gonzales, whose stint here is backed up Marikina mayor Del de Guzman, routed Catur Adi Sagita of Indonesia in the seventh and final round to bag the gold medal with undefeated 5.5 points on four wins and three draws. Pham Quang Minh of Vietnam also won the gold after matching 5.5
points of Gonzales. Actually, Quang Minh had a chance to finished solo first but was yielded to Constantius Leonardo Pratama of Indonesia in the final round. Gonzales, Dennis Gutierrez Jr. of Pangasinan and Jeremy Solano of Cebu, meantime won silver medal in the Team event.

Sharing the limelight was Docena, who clinched the gold medal in the Open 14-under division with a final-round draw against Kadzim Musa of Indonesia. Docena, member of the 2010 UAAP FEU-Fern Junior chess champion, finished with unbeaten 6.0 points on five wins and two
draws. Docena joined Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City and Giovanni Mejia of Pangasinan who took the gold medal in the Team event.

In the Girls 16-under division, Mejia and Frayna tallied 5.5 points apiece, both won the gold medal. Mejia, Frayna and Jean Karez Enriquez of Marikina City also won the Team gold. In the Open 16-Under, Robert Paul Evangelista of Pangasinan settled for bronze. Evangelista,
Patrick Dave Dulay of Vigan, Ilocos Sur and Jeazzir Kline Sorposa of Davao City won Team silver.

In the Girls 8-under division, Irish Yngayo of Davao City won the bronze medal. Yngayo, Mary Sol Quitong of Davao City and Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmarinas, Cavite won the Team bronze.

Other contributors to the Philippine campaign were  Daryl Samantila of Tonsuya, Malabon, Hanice Patrick de Leon of Marikina City and Tristan Frech Ibaoc of Davao City (Team bronze) in the Open 12-under; Marie Antoinette San Diego of Dasmarinas, Cavite  (Individual silver) in the girls 12-under; Richelieu Salcedo III of Misamis Oriental province (Individual silver) in the Open 20-under; Salcedo,Lennon Hart Salgados of CDO and  Mari Joseph Turqueza of Quezon City for Team bronze;  Jedara Docena of Bohol, Rowelyn Acedo and Mary Israel Palero of Davao City (Team bronze) in the Girls 20-under.

Overall, the Philippines landed third behind  Vietnam and Indonesia.

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