February 25, 2018, 7:33 am
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Canino, Quizon lead PH surge in Malaysia

CAGAYAN de Oro’s Ruelle Canino and Daniel Quizon of Dasmarinas, Cavite emerged as the most bemedalled members of the national squad in the 18th Asean Age Group championships that ended last Sunday at the Grand Darulmakmur Hotel in Pahang, Malaysia 

Canino, 9, and Quizon, 13, each bagged three individual and three team gold medals in the Girls Under-10 and Boys Under-12 age group divisions, respectively, in the standard, blitz and rapid competitions.

Among the other winners were Jeth Romy Morado and Venice Vicene, who topped the Boys Under-20 and Girls Under-20 Open standard contests, respectively.  

With the support of the Philippine Sports Commission, they both returned home with six gold medals apiece from the weeklong chess tournament that also drew participants from Australia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam

In all, the Filipinos collected 83 gold, 33 silver and 29 bronze medals on the way to the overall honors for the first time in 17 years of vying in the event, according to National Chess Federation of the Philippines executive director Grandmaster Jason Gonzales.

Host Malaysia finished runner-up with eight gold, 37 silver, and 29 bronze medals and  Indonesia placed third (12-6-4).

Gonzales, the delegation head, noted that the Philippines would have to prepare hard to defend its overall crown when the country hosts the 19th edition of the competition in Davao City in June next year. 

“Canino and Quizon will be returning next year and will be at the forefront of our title defense,” he said. 
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