Mecel Angela Gadut crowned herself the country’s best 7-under girls during the recently concluded 2016 National Schools and Youth Chess Championships at the Philippine Sports Commission National Athletes Dining Hall, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Malate, Manila.
As her prize, Gadut, grade II pupil of Parioc East Elementary School, earned a ticket to the upcoming Asian Schools Chess Championships in Tehran, Iran on July 9-18.
She and her brother, their parents and coach paid a courtesy call to the office of City Mayor Ericson Singson after her victory.
The elated City Mayor immediately assured them of the city government’s support.
“The Gadut siblings are giving honors to our city and deserve.
She was introduced to the game at the age of three greatly influenced by her elder brother Emcel Jules, nearly four years older.
Her father, Sonny, who also acts as her coach said that Mecel learned the basic moves of the game quickly and immediately showed chess potentials.
“She is an aggressive type of player,” Sonny said.
She enjoys the game that is why we give her full support, he said.
He said that their practice usually started after his siblings’ afternoon class on weekdays and longer hours during weekends.
Despite relatively new to the game, Mecel already participated in several tournaments including her stint at the 16th Asean Age Group Championship June last year where she was part of the Philippine Team delegation that won silver medal.