Asian Chess U9 Category silver medalist Jerish John Velarde received his first professional international title as “Candidate Master (CM)” at the Asian Schools Chess Championship 2015.
This is the highest title given to a chess master who is under 12 years old.
Velarde scored seven wins in nine games to win the silver medal in the 11th Asian Schools Chess Championship 2015 held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He represented the Lapu-Lapu City Central School in the competition.
Team Philippines came out as the overall champion of the chess competition held from May 30-June 18, 2015.