by RONALYN BANAKEN
Vinluan and Mendoza registered major points in the ASEAN tournament, helping the country land at the second spot.
University of Baguio (UB) chessers Brylle Gever Vinluan and Bea Mendoza brought honor to the country as they secured major wins at the prestigious ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships held in Macau last June 3-12.
Vinluan, an incoming grade 9 student of the UB High School (UBHS), collected three medals in the tournament’s boys under 16 division.
After clutching the gold medal in the individual rapid category, he teamed up with Kyle Renzi Sevillano of Cebu and Daryl Unix Samantilla of Malabon City to win the team golds under the rapid and blitz categories.
Rapid chess uses a time control of 25 minutes per player while blitz chess has a time control of five minutes.
On the other hand, Mendoza, an incoming grade 8 student of the UBHS, paired with Allaney Jia Doroy (Agusan del Sur) and Alexis Anne Osena to pick up the silver medals in both the standard and rapid team categories of the girls under 14 division. The trio also snatched the bronze medal in the blitz category.
Standard chess is played with a time control of 90 minutes per player with a 30-second increment.
As part of the Philippine team, Vinluan and Mendoza helped haul points to place the country in the second spot at the conclusion of the tournament. Vietnam seized the over-all champion.
The tournament, organized by the ASEAN Chess Confederation, was participated in by 24 countries. Now on its 15th year, it covered three categories in each age group.
Meanwhile, Vinluan and Mendoza will play for the country in the 2014 Asian Youth Chess Championship slated on Nov. 6-12 in India after winning their respective divisions in the National Youth Championship last May 27-31 in Manila.
The UB chess team is coached by Engr. Joseph Codiaman and Ronaldo Alvez of the UB Athletics Department headed by its director, Eduardo Laureano.
Vinluan (fourth from right) – together with two of the country’s under-16 top chess players – bagged the golds in the rapid and blitz categories of the boys division.