Asean Para Games: No medals won, but experience gained for S'pore chess team

Singapore's Edwin Tan in action during a match.
Singapore's Edwin Tan in action during a match. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - There was no joy for Singapore's chess team at their Asean Para Games debut campaign, as they finished without a medal after five days of competition on Tuesday.

While team coach Enrique Paciencia felt that there was a big gap between the Republic's players and their opponents, he believed that the competition was a good learning experience.

He said: "They are a new team, and the opponents are very strong because they have been training for many years. But we'll see after two years."

Michael Siong, who is the eldest player in the five-player Singapore squad at 55, added: "I could have won some of the games and we could have stood a chance of winning a bronze medal. But it was so stressful and the players from Indonesia and the Philippines are too good."

Indonesia were the biggest winners at the chess competition, finishing with nine gold medals, followed by the Philippines with six golds.

The chess competition comprise of individual and team categories, with different classes for the visually-impaired (B1 and B2/3) and physical disability (PI). There are two timed categories, standard (given one- hour time limit for a game) and rapid (30 minutes).