ANOTHER local talent had exemplified how young Kagay-anons are talented when it comes to the universe’s ultimate mind game called chess.

Barely three weeks after erstwhile Cagayan de Oro College (COC) standout Richelieu “Jongjong” Salcedo III won the national junior championship of the 18th Shell Youth Active chess tourney, his local contemporary and fellow Batang Pinoy champion Sittie Halia Sabo shone the brightest in the UniGames chess competition.

Now pushing 20 years old, the half-Christian and half-Muslim Sabo saved Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan from going goldless in the annual University Games hosted recently by Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

Playing board one for XU’s women’s team, Sabo essayed the English defense with the white pieces to upset Philippine team member Jedara Docena of Far Eastern University.

Sabo’s 4 of 4 output was enough to give her the individual gold on board one, while towing the XU women to sixth place in the overall chess team rankings.

“After her upset win over Docena, wala na namo siya gipadula sa last round para sure na ang individual gold. Sittie has really God-given talent in chess,” said Silverio Abasolo, assistant to Engr. Rogelio Golez Jr. as XU chess head coach.

Sabo’s teammate Chiza Gaabucayan, meanwhile, secured the silver in her board assignment.

The other individual silver medalists were the wards of taekwondo coach George Arsenal namely John Necho Tidoy, Chris Malalay and John Tagalog.

Two more XU jins Kyo Matsumuto and distaff campaigner Karissa Grace Falcon settled for bronze as well as the badminton men’s team mentored by Edilberto Peroso.

article by Lynde Salgados of SSC

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