This event is spearheaded by the Ateneo Chess Program Coaches, James Bulicatin, Ariel Aton, and Alex Clavite. Now at its 4th year. This event is also a collaborative effort shared by the Chess Program and their Varsity Parents’ Council (VPC), headed by Mrs. Gemma Navalta. The 4th AdDU Monthly Chess Tournament was held at the Conference Room, Ateneo de Davao University, Matina, Davao City at December 8, 2018, 9:00AM-5:00PM.

The event started with a prayer and the singing of National Anthem, followed by the oath of sportsmanship by Gian Navalta, and a short message from Karen Plaza, the Junior High School Special Projects Coordinator. She mentioned the value of meeting new friends rather than merely competing at this regular chess meet. She also said that meeting a lot of friends at a younger age is like creating various bridges towards discovering the world.

There were a number of 77 grade school boys, 35 grade school girls, 14 junior high school boys and 19 junior high school girls participating in the said meet. The winners of the grade school boys category are the following, 3rd placer James Catayas from DC Seventhday Adventist Elementary School, 2nd placer Ylanan Kyle Johann from Mati Davao Oriental, and Champion James Rhie Sullano from University of Mindanao. For the grade school girls category follows, 2nd placer Carell Shane Mantilla from University of Mindanao and Champion Monica Lorraine Togonon from Davao City.

The winners for junior high school boys category, 3rd placer – Ryan Gabriel Rasay from Ateneo de Davao University, 2nd placer – Marv Denzel Rubio, and Champion Wesly Jovan Magbanua from Jose Maria College. For the junior high school girls category are the following, 3rd placer – Novely Ugpo from Crossing Bayabas National High School (CBNHS), 2nd place – Trisha Galleto from CBNHS and Champion Dore Jay Saldivar from CBNHS.

This 1st Rapid Chess Meet will be followed by its 2nd monthly meet this coming January 12, 2019 at Ateneo de Davao University. The University Athletics Office is very happy to have an active Varsity Parents’ Council and Chess Program which provides opportunities for young student-athletes to meet new friends and play competitively at the same time.