Monday, December 27, 2010

A KIDDIES chess tournament today will cap an otherwise fruitful season for local chess communities in Cagayan de Oro and the province of Misamis Oriental.

“We have a good year in chess and it’s just best to end the 2010 season with a chess tournament,” said Misamis Oriental trainer Johnnel Balquin in vernacular.

An accomplished campaigner himself in local chess circuits, Balquin was among the coaches when Cagayan de Oro produced probably the largest number of qualifiers in the 2010 National Shell Youth Active Chess Grandfinals in Manila.

Among the six qualifiers–Richelieu Salcedo III, Alfredo Rapanot, Antonio Chavez Jr., Lennon Hart Salgados, Cedric Erl Dadole and Tristan Frech Ibaoc–the Inubolan, Salay pride Salcedo went on to capture the national Shell junior crown to duplicate the feat of Rustum Tolentino (now a full-pledged National Master) and Bryan Jose.

Both Tolentino and Jose were former Shell junior champions. While Salgados won Shell’s national kiddies crown in 2007 and the NCR leg junior title in 2010.

“Sa kadaghan sa atong gipang-train karon, walay rason nga dili ma-sustain atong youth chess dominance in the country sa sunod pa nga mga competition,” confidently said Balquin as he acknowledged WNM Cecile Cuizon, NM Levi Mercado, Lyndon Lumancas, Silverio Abasolo, Emmanuel Crisologo, Noel Candelario and Barangay 23 chair Jaime Joshua Frias II among the trainers that contributed much in local chess development.

Organized by the United Parents Association, the day-long chessfest starts 9 a.m. at the Capitol Chess Plaza with P50 entry fee.

Up for grabs are cash prizes, medals and chess materials. (Lynde Salgados)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 27, 2010.