PHL woodpushers vying World Junior Chess Championship in India

AMIDST a promise of better showing, the crack 2-man Philippine team to the World Junior and Girls Under 20 Chess Championships leaves for Chenai on Monday, August 1.

Led by Fide Master Mari Joseph Turqueza of San Sebastian College, Manila and Woman National Master Janelle Mae Frayna of FEU-FERN Quezon City, the Filipinos backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will see action scheduled on August 2 to 16 at the Hotel Vijay Park, Arumbakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India.

“I will do my very best for flag and country,” said the Legaspi, Albay native Frayna, who settled solo second place in the just ended National Chess Championship: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters (Women’s division) was held at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila last Saturday.

Organized by the All India Chess Federation, the World Junior and Junior Girls Chess Championships, an annual World Chess Federation (FIDE) sports competition event, open to all players Open (boys and girls) and gilrrs division ages 20-years-old and below. It is participated by 42 countries composed of Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungrary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexcio, Moldovova, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA and Uzbekistan.

“We expect these young and talented players to perform well as usual and bring honors to the country,” said PHL delegation head and coach Grandmaster (GM) Jayson Gonzales, executive director of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under the leadership of it’s chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr.,

“These two players did very well during the ASEAN age-group chess championships held in Tarakan, Indonesia, so it will not be a surprise that they will perform just as well in the World level,” added Pichay.

The country’s best ever finish here is courtesy by Rogelio “Banjo” Barcenilla, who took the bronze medal (third place finish) in the Boy’s division during the 1991 Mamaia, Romania World Junior Chess Championships.

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