Adamson University’s young chess masters celebrated an Octoberfest of sorts after snapping back to back victories in two competitions.
High school students and varsity players Daryl Unix Samantila, Jean Karen Enriquez, and Hazel Carey Labarda ruled the 3rd Councilor Virgilio Hilario Rapid Chess Tournament held last October 2 at Alphaland Southgate Tower in Makati City. Samantila won the championship in the elementary and high school divisions while Enriquez placed fourth and Labarda topped the women’s 14-under division. The trio competed against more than 80 players, which included varsity members of other colleges and universities.
Samantila and Enriquez later joined forces with fellow varsity player Crissa Canada to compete in the grand finals of the 19th Shell National Youth Active Championship, which was staged on October 8 and 9 at SM Megamall. Enriquez emerged as the national champion for the girls’ junior division with a perfect score of 10 points, followed by Canada at second place. Samantila brings in the rear with a 3rd runner-up finish in the boys’ kiddie division. They were among the 32 players who qualified for the finals following the elimination rounds held in northern and southern Luzon, Visaya, and Mindanao.
After their October and November tournaments the players will soon go through a layoff to prepare for the UAAP chess tournament, which will begin in January. Enriquez and Canada have competed before in the juniors division while this will be Samantila’s first foray into UAAP action.