Adamson University collects new sports honors as Daryl Unix Samantila became the champion in the grade school division while Ali Guya bagged fourth place in the high school division of the 3rd Dr. Jose P. Leviste, Sr. Interschool Chess Festival held at the Ateneo Grade School Cafeteria last March 21 and 22, 2009.
Samantila, a consistent honor student since preschool, was able to take home the coveted trophy, besting 40 other students from different schools in Metro Manila. He triumphed over Edric Manahan in 47 moves of the London opening to share top spot with Jose Carlo Castro, with both garnering six points. However, the Falcons’ kiddie wiz edged Castro in the tiebreak.
Samantila won Php5,000 while Castro earned Php2,000. Stephen Rome Pangilinan, the youngest participant at six years old, finished third with 5.5 points and won Php1,000.
Meanwhile, Ali Guya of the Adamson Chess Juniors Team finished fourth with 5.5 points while Jesse Abucejo, Norvin Gravillo, Timothy So Kua, and Nino Datu shared fifth place with five points in the high school division.
“I am so happy. Talented students like them should be well taken care of as they can be maintained as an asset of our university,” remarked Ma. Luisa G. Isip, officer-in-charge of the Athletics Department.
The tournament was organized by Ateneo chess teams alumni chairman Joey Leviste Jr. and supported by Enerasia Renewables Corp., Fonemed Asia Pacific, Italpinas Design and Development, Grand Placement, and Adidas Philippines. Rona Katrina C. Suelan