Lingayen- - -Chess aficionados will have a chance to rub elbows with no less than Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre as the province holds the Pangasinan Chess Festival 2014 with series of chess clinics and tournaments.
Torre will grace the 4th Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. Chess Clinic to be held on September 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Provincial Training and Development Center (PTDC) here.
Modesto Operania, Executive Assistant III and provincial sports coordinator, said the chess clinic will surely gather massive participation among chess buffs compared to last year after the sports became more popular in Pangasinan with the innovation which the provincial government and the Pangasinan Chess League has instituted since its launching in 2009.
The chess clinics, according to Operania, serve as the training ground for young chess enthusiasts which is aimed at improving and honing the skills of players in the “game of wizards.”
Operania said that Governor Espino would like to make Pangasinan as the chess capital of the Philippines.
Part of the chess festival are the scheduled tournaments which include the 4th Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championship on October 18 and 19 followed by the 4th Pangasinan Chess Championship on November 9 and 10 at the PTDC.
The highlight of this year’s chess festival will be the 6th Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. Cup Open Chess Tournament where the best woodpushers from various parts of the country can participate.
Over the last five years, Pangasinan has produced a core of topnotch chess players that saw action both in national and international competitions.
The province now boasts of young chess sensations with the likes of International Master Haridas Pascua, Samantha Glo Revita, Cherry Ann Mejia, Giovanni Mejia and Dennis Guttierez III and other Pangasinan players who have joined chess tournaments in international competitions. /RRB