Ateneo is 2nd runner-up in jr division of PRADA chess tourney

January 06, 2020

(L-R) Raiz Roxas, Joseph Gelvezon, Christian Ngo, Coach Ildefonso Datu, Elijah Pilien, Liam Batnag and Jaime Rara
Composed of players from Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) and Ateneo Senior High School (ASHS), Ateneo de Manila’s chess varsity team placed third in the Junior Division of the PRADA (Private Schools Athletic Development Association) Chess Tournament, behind champion San Beda University and first runnerup San Beda College Alabang. In addition, ASHS student Elijah Pilien (12-Pro) also won the silver medal individual award for board 1. Playing for the blue-and-white were Liam Batnag of Cardoner/8-Aranha, Raiz Roxas of Montserrat/9-Lalemant, Christian Ngo of Cardoner/10-Chabanel, Joseph Gelvezon of 11-Brebeuf, Jaime Rara of 11-Angelis, and Elijah Pilien. They were coached by Ildefonso Datu.

Among the other schools which participated in the tournament were La Salle Greenhills, International School Manila, Xavier School, Notre Dame of Greater Manila, Marist School, and Don Bosco Technical Institute. The tournament was held at Xavier School in San Juan from November 16 to December 14, 2019.