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by Roland Joseph Perez, September - December 2010

Basic Education-High School and Elementary teams were crowned champion and first runner-up, respectively, in the Colegio de San Agustin (CSA) Chess Invitational Tournament last Saturday October 2 at the CSA Cafetorium in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City. 

The event was participated by Ateneo de Manila University, Xavier School, Claret, and host CSA. 
The Letran High members team was composed of Cherry Ann Mejia (gold medallist), Ray Drapete (gold), Dave Cabida (gold), Mary Joyce Fuerte (silver) and Ivan Marquez (gold) while the Grade School team was composed of Ian Marquez (bronze), Tyrone del Valle, Allen Petalver (bronze), Joshua de Ramos, Manolo Martinez (silver) and Domingo Florenz (gold). 
The Grade School team members were selected through a five-minute skills assessment test by Coach Roland Perez to determine tournament-ready players.
Chester Guerrero, Letran’s Board One in the Senior’s Chess Team, won the College Division Title in the Sixth Dr. Jose P. Laviste Cup Inter-School Chess Festival at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School Cafeteria in Quezon City last November 7. 
He won via tiebreak over six other players from Far Eastern University, College of St. Benilde, University of the East, Rizal Technological University, and Adamson University. 
This event is held annually and participated in by students of different schools where the top players of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, University Athletic Association of the Philippines and other sports leagues compete. 
The tandem of Mikee Charlene Suede and Cherry Ann Mejia topped the Palarong Maynila High School Girls Division from November 22 to 26 held at Manila Science High School, Padre Faura, Manila. 
They are representing Manila in Palarong NCR that would be a qualifying tournament for the Palarong Pambansa where they are the defending champions of their division. 
The Letran girls were given stiff competition by Adamson University and University of the East but emerged champions in the Team Event. 
Suede won the gold medal in the individual competition while her teammate Mejia captured the silver medal.
Letran conducted chess clinics entitled “Chess Skills Acceleration Program” from October 16 to November 13, open to all grade school pupils and high school students. 
The clinic was held every Saturday with beginners and intermediate classes. 
The training program featured basic and advance chess knowledge and skills enhancement activity which aimed to speed up the students’ understanding of the game and its tournament conditions. 
This was participated by 15 students from Letran, Notre Dame, Tanyag Elementary School and D’s Carmelite School where they were taught and drilled by National Master Roland Joseph Perez, Letran’s Senior and Junior Head Coach, and assisted by National Master Alisangco Nicomedes and Jonathan Dasig.