AJHS places 2nd in online PAYA chess tourney; Blanca grabs gold

February 15, 2021

Ateneo de Manila Junior High School’s chess varsity team placed second in the midgets division of the 1st PAYA (Philippine Athletic Youth Association) Online Chess Tournament, behind eventual champion Xavier School Team A. Playing for the blue-and-white were Tiel Blanca (Pamplona/8-Pongracz), Gian Alingog (Pamplona/8-Regis), Miguel Magsumbol (Cardoner/8-Azevedo), and Bastian Elizalde (Pamplona/8-Pongracz). The AJHS chess wizards also won individual medal awards their assigned boards: Tiel Blanca, gold medal for Board 1; Gian Alingog, silver medal for Board 2; Miguel Magsumbol, silver medal for Board 3; and Bastian Elizalde, silver medal for Board 4. The team expresses its gratitude to Coach Yves Rañola, the tournament organizers, the AJHS administration and their families for their support.

The PAYA chess tournament was played on the Lichess.org platform on January 16, 2021.