Davao chesser soars

Subscribe Now October 16, 2011 at 10:39am

A RUNNER-UP finish in the Mindanao leg was not the end of the road for Aglipay A. Oberio, as he went on to capture the grand finals juniors title of the 19th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship (SNYACC) at SM Megamall on October 9. J.O., as he is called by people close to him, won P30,000 cash, a champion's trophy and a Rudy Project watch for his feat.

He overcame stiffest opponent Sherwin Tiu via tie breaks. They both scored six points but J.O. got superior Buchholz in the prestigious Swiss System format competition.

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Mechanical Engineering freshman, who will turn 17 on Nov. 11, has indeed come a long way from learning the sport at age five when he received a chess board as a gift from his father Perfecto, a bishop of the Philippine Independent Catholic Church.

He's been reaping championship medals from various local and regional competitions he joined since 2007.

He topped the elementary boys event of the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet in 2007, kiddies class of the Kadayawan sportsfest in 2008 and secondary boys category of the Davraa Meet 2009.

He was also a silver medalist in the Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac and a team gold medal performer in the blitz event of the 11th Asean+ Age-Group Chess Championship in Subic.

His impressive performances landed him a slot at the DLSU varsity chess team in May this year.

His mother Salvacion, a housewife, said J.O. enjoys a full scholarship at the prestigious university.

The five-foot-one woodpusher gets inspiration from his family who has been supporting all his competitions from the very start of his chess career.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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