Ella Grace Moulic loses chess crown

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

DEFENDING champion Ella Grace Moulic of Davao City was stripped off her title having finished seventh over-all in girls rapid event of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy 2013 National Championship chess competition at the Masskara Hall 3rd Floor, New Government Center in Bacolod City Wednesday afternoon.

Moulic, whose trip was funded by the Holy Cross of Davao College, tallied 3.5 points in the six-round event. She clinched the rapid gold in Iloilo City nationals last year.

The top-seeded Dabawenya lost her sixth round match to Antoinette San Diego of Cavite after hacking out two straight wins in the fourth and fifth rounds.


Moulic's father, Alfred, said, "Sayang. She (Ella) lost via drop time."

The younger Moulic also bowed to Bea Mendoza of Baguio City in the third following her second round draw with Zsuzsa Grace Tabudlong of Panabo City and first round triumph over Divine Sarabia of Negros Occidental.

"Sana makabawi pa ako. Naunahan po ako ng kalaban ko. Sana gumanda rin ang laro ko sa susunod kong mga events," Moulic said in a phone interview after her third round defeat.

Mendoza was her co-campaigner in international chess meets held in Iran and Thailand.

Her fellow HCDC player Tahseen Saludsong also placed seventh in the boys side after tallying 3.5 points.

Saludsong succumbed to Brylle Vinluan of Baguio in his final match.

Meanwhile, Davao City riders Jayson Caceres and Byrlle Chavez Cocjin will make their debut in both road and mountain bike events of the cycling competition today.

PhilCycling deputy secretary general Salvador "Jun" Paholio yesterday said Caceres and Cocjin are all set to compete, adding, "Mabibigat ang makakalaban nila lalo na iyong sa Pangansinan. Nakapagpraktis narin naman sila rito."

Paholio, however, was dismayed that cycling athletes were not among those qualified to claim P3,000 subsidy from the PSC. He shouldered the traveling expenses of the two riders since the city government of Davao decided not to send a delegation to the Games for 15 years old and below athletes.

Fil-British martial arts champion James Halasan Ryan, for his part, planed to Bacolod from Great Britain to compete in the wrestling competition. His main event, which is judo, was scrapped by organizers.
Ryan was a gold medalist in the Mindanao Qualifying of both events last year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 30, 2014.


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