312 youngsters ready for chess festival tournaments

LINGAYEN —  The 312 young woodpushers from 18 towns in Pangasinan who finished the 8th Governor Amado Espino Chess Clinic are set to see action in the major tournaments of the Pangasinan Chess Festival (PCF).

Provincial Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) Executive Officer Modesto Operania said the chess clinic finishers were trained on strategies and techniques and qualify to join the scheduled tournaments of the  PCF.

Fourth  District Board Member Liberation Z. Villegas, Representing Gov. Amado Espino, III during the closing ceremony , led the awarding of certificates of completion to the young players held on September 23 at the Provincial Training and Development Center.

Villegas was assisted by the PSDMC executives, and officials of the Pangasinan Chess League, PCF’s partner.

Expressing gratitude to the provincial administration for further strengthening its Sports Development programs, BM Villegas lauded the parents and guardians of the woodpushers for engaging them in the said sporting event.

The chess clinic participants came from Binmaley, San Carlos City, Lingayen, Urdaneta City, Aguilar, Labrador, Bugallon, Asingan, Bolinao, Sto. Tomas, Tayug, Manaoag, Mangatarem, Bautista, Mapandan, Mangaldan, Malasiqui, and San Fabian.

Villegas credited the PCF for developing local players who eventually win in national and international chess events.

Launched by former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., the chess festival has three major events set for the last quarter of the year: 8th Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championship (Oct. 13-14), 8th Pangasinan Chess Championship (Nov. 10-11), and the 10th Governor Amado Espino Cup Open Chess Championship (December 14-16). (PIO/MGNO)

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