Lingayen- - - The 4th Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championship scheduled on October 18 and 19 at the Pangasinan Training and development Center (PTDC) here is expected to be participated in by chess players not only in the province but other neighboring provinces and cities in North Luzon.
Modesto Operania, Executive Assistant III and provincial sports coordinator, expressed optimism the chess games will have more participants than last year’s hosting with the innovations instituted by the provincial government and the Pangasinan Chess League since the launching of the clinics in 2009.
Meanwhile, Juan Vicente R. Sison, president of Pangasinan Chess League (PCL) pointed out that chess requires theory and application. Thus, the chess clinic last month became the venue where ‘theory is taught’ while the tournaments following the chess clinics will now serve as ‘application of lessons learned.’
Grand Master (GM) Eugene Torre, who was the guest of honor in the opening ceremony of the chess clinic in September, commended the leadership of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. as he congratulated Pangasinan for being the only province in the country to have a pro-active and continuous program on chess.
Torre also said that other provinces must look up to Pangasinan as role model in the development of grassroots chess players who has the potentials of becoming international chess wizards in the future.
The chess tournament this weekend has seven age group categories such as: 8-under, 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under, 18-under, and 20-under. This format, according to the PCL president, is adapted from the FIDE.
La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cordillera region, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Cavite, Baguio City among others have signified their interests to participate. /RRB