Hope top chess players will make their mark
SURAKARTA, Indonesia. – With the mighty triumvirate of FIDE master Sander Severino, Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez leading the charge, Filipino chess is set to make its mark in the 11th Asean Para Games chess competitions which begin on Sunday at the Lor-in Hotel here.
“Certainly we want to surpass what our athletes did in Malaysia five years ago,” national coach James Infiesto said, referring to the four gold, three silver and six bronze medals the country won. won by placing third overall in regional sports. showcase in the Malaysian capital.
Infiesto revealed that the Indonesian hosts have added 12 more events, bringing the gold medals up for grabs in the sport to 36.
“That’s why we tried to fill all categories with players because there will be another 12 gold medals available in this competition,” Infiesto said.
Severino, Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez, who are expected to feature prominently in the Philippines Sports Commission-backed campaign, won the men’s team standard and rapid events at the 2018 Asian Para Games in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
The 1-2-3 result of Severino, Lopez and Rom in the men’s individual rapid event was the highlight of this excellent performance.
“We finished a gold, silver and bronze grand slam in the individual rapid event, that’s why Indonesia is really preparing to take revenge on us,” said Infiesto, adding that he had to other players who could create surprises.
Other members of the men’s team are Felix Aguillera, Anthony Abogado, Cecilio Bilog, Francis Ching, Darry Bernardo, Israel Peligro, Menando Redor, Rodolfo Sarmiento and Arman Subaste.
The women’s team consists of Cheryl Angot, Maria Teresa Bilog, Charmaine Tonic, Cheyzer Crystal Mendoza, Evangeline Gamao, Corazon Lucero, Ma. Katrina Mangawang, Fe Mangayayam, Jean-Lee Nacita and Elena Peligro.