LINGAYEN – After congratulating the young participants in the recently concluded 7th Gov. Amado Espino Chess Clinic, Gov. Amado I. Espino III expressed his deep appreciation for the support extended by parents and guardians for the children’s interest in chess.
“Sports in not just a regular activity for Pangasinense youth but an opportunity for the young generation to reach for their dreams,” the governor intoned during the closing ceremony on September 17 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC).
The chess clinic which opened on September 9 and run up to September 10, 16 and 17, was participated in by 322 kids and adults.
The chess clinic, free of charge, is a feature of the annual Pangasinan Chess Festival.
Meanwhile, Dir. Modesto Operania, head of the Pangasinan Sports Management and Development Council, said most participants this year came from the towns of Aguilar, Binmaley, Bugallon, Labrador, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Manaoag, Mangaldan, Mangatarem, Mapandan, San Fabian, Sual, Villasis and the cities of Dagupan, San Carlos and Urdaneta.
Participation by categories were: 104-beginner, 121-intermediate and 97-advanced.
Lecture topics include Basic Moves of Chess, Relative Moves of the Pieces, Basic Mating techniques, and How to Meet Threats for beginners; Basic Chess Tactics, Advanced Chess Tactics, Basic Endgame Techniques, Basic Chess Strategies for intermediate; Opening strategies, Middlegame Techniques, Advanced Chess Strategies, Advanced Opening Strategies for advanced.
Instructors were: (Beginner) Mer Bautista, Robert Campos, Tomas Ferrer, Mark Ventayen; (Intermediate) Richard Bautista, Isagani Fernandez, Francisco Junio, Jr., Alfonso Rasco; (Advanced) Ali Espanol, Zaldy Falcon, German Francisco, Allan Frianeza, Edaurdo Suarez, Casiano Torres and Ricardo Yuson.
PCL president Juan Vicente R. Sison announced that three tournaments will be held in the last quarter of 2017. (PIO/RRB)