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MISAMIS Occidental Governor Henry Oaminal Sr, who made a draw during the simultaneous appearance of Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre in the recent Asenso MisOcc Open Chess Tournament, presided over the 7th season opening of the Philippine Chess League on Sunday night, July 23 through online zoom ceremonial rites.
Arena Grandmaster Rey Urbiztondo, another player who drew World Chess Hall of Famer Torre, introduced the chess-loving governor as a keynote speaker at the start of the continuation of the country’s leading amateur online chess tourney.
“Not only Mindanao but the entire Philippine chess community will benefit from Governor Oaminal’s valuable commitment to chess. We are very lucky that someone like him came to save grassroots chess development,” said Urbiztondo. Gold Star Daily.
The wards of Misamis Oriental Governor Peter Unabia were among those invited to the Asenso MisOcc rapid chess event where they competed well led by Johnnel Balquin’s runner-up finish in the Open division and the title win of Arena Fide Master Janin Dhrey Querequere in the elementary category.
Now bringing his chess allegiance to the national level, Governor Oaminal pledged P60,000 for P30,000 prize money each in the bracket A and B rivalry of the PCL chessfest.
Playing for Bracket A are Malolos City Chess Club, White Knights Chess Club, Surigao Diamond Knights, Davao Durianburgs Stallions, and PPKGCC-MCL Knights Team.
Competing for Bracket B are PFCC Wild Knights Team, PPKGCC Kings Team, The Great Dragon of Chess, Bicol Chess Players Advocates, TFCC Chess Movers Club, and Asenso Misamis Occidental Federated Chess Association.
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