8th Gov. Espino Chess Clinic starts

LINGAYEN – More than 250 chess enthusiasts have registered for the first scheduled weekend of the 8th Gov. Amado Espino Chess Clinic held on September 8 and 9 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) and at Magsaysay Elementary School in Lingayen town.

Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) Chief Modesto M. Operania who represented Gov. Amado I. Espino III, commended the parents and guardians for supporting and accompanying their children to the activity.

The chess clinic, a prelude to three big events for the annual Chess Festival, provides lectures on strategies and techniques intended to hone the chess skills and mental prowess of Pangasinense youth.

The three events are: 8th Pangasinan Age -Group Chess Championship on October 13-14, 8th Pangasinan Chess Championship on November 10-11, and the 10th Gov. Amado Espino Open Chess Tournament on December 15-16.

Participants during the first weekend mostly came from the following towns and cities: Aguilar, Mangaldan, Bolinao, Mangatarem, Malasiqui, Bugallon, Binmaley, Lingayen, Urdaneta, Dagupan and San Carlos, the biggest delegation. The activity will culminate on September 22 and 23 at the same venue.

Topics discussed on September 8-9 included: Basic Moves of Chess (Beginners) by NA Eduardo Suarez; Basic Chess Tactics by NA Francisco Junio, Jr.; Opening Strategies (Advanced) by NA Ricardo P. Yuson; Relative Value of Pieces (Beginners) by Robert Campos; Advanced Chess Tactics (Intermediate) by NA Robert Bautista; Middlegame Techniques (Advanced) by Casiano Torres.

On September 22 and 23, lectures will be given for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels: Basic Mating Techniques by Tomas Ferrer, Basic Endgame Techniques by Isagani Fernandez, Advanced Chess Strategies by Mer Bautista, How to Meet Threats by Richard Bautista, Basic Chess Strategies by Edgar Tullao, and Advanced Opening Strategies by Zaldy Falcon.

Participation in chess clinic is free.

The event is in cooperation with the National Chess Federation, Pangasinan Chess League and the Department of Education. (PIO/RRB)

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