July 11, 2018, Filed under Press Release

chess champ


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan–A prodigy of the provincial government – sponsored Pangasinan Chess Festival (PCF) brought honors and prestige to her home province by winning in the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Age Group Chess Championship.


In a courtesy call on Governor Amado I. Espino, III held on July 9 at the Urduja House, the 16 year-old Maycydel Fajardo, a San Fabian local, received felicitations for her recent international feat.


Fajardo bag the silver medal of the team standard category – girls 18 under division, which she competed in along with National University’s Vic Glysen Devotas, and Allaney Jia Doroy. She also pocketed the bronze medal in individual blitz category – girls 18 Under division.


“You are a source of inspiration to your fellow youth,” Governor Espino told Fajardo, as he vowed to expand the sports development thrust of the provincial administration to benefit more young Pangasinenses.


Davao City played host to the international chess tourney held on June 18-23, which gathered the strong participation of the nine ASEAN countries.


Fajardo, during the courtesy call, recounted her early years of joining the PCF chess clinics, and chess tournaments.


“Sa provincial government chess clinics, and chess tournaments ko mas napaghusay ang aking kagalingan sa paglalaro ng chess,” said Fajardo. Shetopped the under 18 category of the 2016 Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championships held here.


The PCF, launched by former governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr.in 2007, was a grassroots development program.


Fajardo was accompanied by her mother, and the executive committee members of the Provincial Sports Development and Management council led by Director Modesto Operania, and representatives from the Pangasinan Chess League.


/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca



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