Mhage brings home 3 silver medals from Thailand
Vol. 1 Issue 5, May 2016, page 8
Despite the lack of financial support and sponsorship, Northern Luzon’s young chess sensation Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian pushes through with her goal of competing against the best of the best in the international scene.
The 10-year old pride of Flora, Apayao and Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte has just arrived from another successful stint at the 17th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships held from May 29 to June 7, 2016 at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel in Pattaya City, Chon Buri, Thailand giving honors again to her hometowns.
Mhage, an incoming Grade VI pupil at the Flora Central School, brought home a total of three silver medals placing second in both standard and blitz events in the 12-under category and in team event.
Flora Central School student Mhage Sebastian shows-off one of three silver medals she snatched at the 17th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships during the awarding ceremonies at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel in Pattaya City, Chon Buri, Thailand on June 7, 2-16. ( photo courtesy of Jerzon Sebastian via facebook)
Competing in a lower category last year for the annual tournament in Singapore, Mhage won the gold and earned a Women’s Candidate Master (WCM) title from the International Chess Federtation (FIDE), the world’s governing body in chess.
Her father Jerzon expressed sentiment on the failure of LGU Flora to backed her up on the way to Thailand though he said some kindhearted individuals were able to extend support including Vice Mayor Jessica De San Jose.
The donations, he said, were not enough to cover the expenses but he wants to extend his deep appreciation to them.
“Promising and/or talented children need not only moral or words of encouragement but more so on “concrete” support from concerned individuals,” said the elder Sebastian.
Before going to Thailand, Mhage competed in the national age group held in Metro Manila and settled for fourth place in the 12 and under.
After that she represented Team Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in the Palarong Pambansa held in Albay Province where she was seventh out of 36 players in the standard event.