9th Pangasinan Chess Festival kicks off

THE 9th Pangasinan Chess Festival gathered more young woodpushers for the free chess clinic on September 21-22 in Lingayen.

Provincial Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) Executive Director Modesto M. Operania cited the province’s accomplishment of the annual chess festival during the opening program to inspire the participants, particularly Haridas Pascua, a native of Mangatarem, is a regular participant of the chess festival who has since became a noted chess player here and in international circles.

“Sana ‘yung mga produkto na players na nakasama sa ating Pangasinan Chess Festival ay kayo naman sana ang susunod na magrerepresenta sa Pangasinan,” Operania told the participants.

In response, Kurstine Saplan, a 12-year-old a member of Lingayen Chess Club, said: “Gusto ko pong maipakita ‘yung talent ko at ma-appreciate ng ibang bata ang larong chess,” Saplan stressed who has been a regular participant of the chess fest for three years.

She said she considers her experience in the chess clinic as the way to realizing her dream of becoming representative of the Philippines in international chess tournaments some day and thanked Gov. Amado Espino III for his the continuous support to young players like her.

PSDMC Deputy Executive Director Marlon Domalanta said the four-day chess clinic will resume on September 28-29.

Lingayen Chess Club President Tomas F. Ferrer, said his daughter Precious Eve is also a product of the province’s chess clinic and is now a chess scholar in a university in Manila and was a gold medalist in the UAAP board games in 2018.

The four-day chess clinic is a prelude to 9th Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championship (October19-20), 9th Pangasinan Chess Championship (November 16-17) and 11th Gov. Amado Espino Cup Open Chess Championship (December 6-8). Participants attended workshops on Basic Moves of Chess (Beginners), Basic Chess Tactics (Intermediate), and Opening Strategies (Advanced), Relative Values of the Pieces (Beginners), Advanced Chess Tactics (Intermediate) and Middlegame Techniques (Advanced). (PIO/SMDG)

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