Chesser shines for victorious host squad

March 02, 2019

ILOILO CITY—Kimberly Colaste of Iloilo City topped the girls’ blitz event to complete a three-gold sweep in chess and cap the host’s historic first overall win in the Visayas Leg of the 2019 Philippine National Youth Games-Batang Pinoy at the Iloilo Sports Complex Covered Gym here yesterday.

Colaste, 11, actually finished tied for first with Cebu Province’s Kristina Concepcion Belano and Victorias City’s Precious Jewel Dolar with six points, but ended with the highest tiebreak score of 30 points against 28.5 and 28 by her closest rivals to go home with three golds including one each in rapid and standard events.

And the Grade Six student of Constancia Elementary School in Guimaras almost lost it when she lost to Belano in the fourth round before watching the latter fall to Dolar in the next round that enabled the former to catch up and snatch the gold.

“I wasn’t nervous, but I wasn’t certain also that I would still win,” said Colaste, whose stint here was her first in Batang Pinoy, in Filipino.

Other blitz winners in chess were Bayawan’s Michael John Stephen Inigo (boys’ 12-under), Cebu Province’s John Lester Belano (boys’ 15-under) and Alphecca Gonzales (girls’ 15-under).

Iloilo City turned back Cebu Province, 78-72, to capture the girls’ basketball gold.

It was a rousing debut for Iloilo, composed of seven players from Molo City High, two from Manduriao High and three from Central Philippines University, as it did not only make the local folks proud but also gained it a spot in the National Batang Pinoy set in October in either Ormoc or Tagbilaran where it will face the country’s best and brightest.

“It’s our first time, that’s why we’re really happy to win,” said Iloilo coach Sharina Jane Padilla, a 29-year-old three-time MVP and champion during her college days.