Almodal wins 9th Pangasinan Chess Championship

ANTONIO Almodal III of Villasis who won in six matches during the 9th Pangasinan Chess Championship was declared the champion in the open division.

FM Narquingen Reyes and Melito Ocsan Jr. placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the open division. Reyes and Ocsan both hail from the town of Bugallon.

Around 350 chess players from Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Benguet participated in the championship event.

The 9th Pangasinan Chess Championship was divided into three divisions – open, junior, and kiddie categories. The open category has no age restrictions.

The junior category was participated in by wood pushers aged 12-18 while chess players aged seven and below competed in the kiddie category.

Winners of the other categories are: Junior Division – Jan Darryl Batula (1st place), Istraelito Rilloraza (2nd place), and Maycydel Fajardo (3rd place); Kiddie Division – Ericka Ordizo (1st place), Mark Paul Laguitao (2nd place), and Roville Viatrice Ceron (3rd place).

Isagani Fernandez and Melizah Ruth Carreon also received the top senior and top female awards, respectively.

PSDMC Executive Director Modesto M. Operania, Deputy Executive Officer Marlon Domalanta, PCL President Juan Vicente Sison, and PCL Secretary General German Francisco led the awarding ceremony held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center on November 17.

During the opening program on November 16, Governor Amado I. Espino III highlighted chess as one of the few sports played irrespective of age, gender, or physical capacity. 

Almodal received cash prize, certificate, and a plaque for his victory.

Among the  products of Pangasinan Chess Festival making waves as chess board players of varsity teams in Manila, include Adamson University’s Precious Eve Ferrer, Far Eastern University’s Istraelito Rilloraza, University of Sto. Tomas’ Melito Ocsan Jr. and Antonio Almodal III, University of Perpetual Help’s Jerome Junio, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Eivann Jacob Cruz.

The last leg of the Pangasinan Chess Festival 2019 is the 11th Governor Amado Espino Cup – Open Chess Tournament which will be held on December 6-8. (PIO/PJS)

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