THE provincial government awarded medals and cash prizes to top winners in the two-day 9th Pangasinan Age-Group Chess Championship event that saw the participation of over 500 young players.
The winners are: 8 and under category – Mar Aviel Carredo (1st place), Jaycol Sodela (2nd place), and Princess Mae Sombrito (3rd place); 10 and under category – Ian Dave Mercurio (1st place), Mecel Angela Gadut (2nd place), and Francis Parido (3rd place); 12 and under category – Jersey Marticio (1st place), Mark Noah Ventayen (2nd place), and Elijah Gabriel Santiago (3rd place); 14 and under category – Cedric Daniel Macato (1st place), Jeremy Marticio (2nd place), and Ronald Allan Velasco (3rd place); 16 and under category – Justine Diego Mordido (1st place), Jerome Angelo Aragones (2nd place), and Jasper Faeldonia (3rd place); 18 and under category – Eric Labog (1st place), Christian Mark Daluz (2nd place) and Joshua Marquez (3rd place); and 20 and under category – Genesis Mateo Borromeo (1st place), John Marx Anastacio (2nd place), and Valerio Mangubat (3rd place).
The champions in all seven categories received cash prizes, certificates and plaques while 2nd placers and 3rd placers received cash prizes, certificates together with silver medals and bronze medals, respectively. Likewise, runners-up received certificates and cash prizes.
Provincial Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) Executive Director Modesto M. Operania and Pangasinan Chess League (PCL) President Juan Vicente Sison led the awarding ceremony at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center on October 20.
During the opening ceremony on October 19, Gov. Amado I. Espino III reiterated the commitment of the provincial government to further develop and expand the activities of the annual chess festival.
The 9th Pangasinan Chess Festival reeled off with four-day chess clinics on September 21-22 and September 28-29.
The next PCF activities are: 9th Pangasinan Chess Championship (November 16-17) and 11th Gov. Amado Espino Cup Open Chess Championship (December 6-8).
At the opening ceremony of the two-day age group tournament Espino hailed the support of parents to their children who participate in chess tournaments in Pangasinan as he paid tribute to former governor Amado T. Espino Jr., who launched the chess festival.
“Isa po ang chess sa mga sports na walang piniliping edad, walang pinipiling timbang at wala ring pinipiling laki ng katawan,” Espino said to underscore the importance of the sport. (PIO/SMDG)
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