September 5, 2018, Filed under Press Release

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The provincial government in cooperation with the Pangasinan Chess League will hold the 8th Gov. Amado Espino Chess Clinic on September 8, 9, 22 and 23 with the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) as opening and closing program venue.

Organized by the Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC), the series of chess clinics will be held at the Magsaysay Elementary School just beside the barangay hall along Alvear Street in Lingayen town.

Sports Director Modesto M. Operania said that participants are accorded ‘free-of-charge’ during the scheduled chess clinics further stating that the yearly activity is a training component of Pangasinan Chess Festival (PCF) which was launched eight years ago.

In the tradition of the PCF, the chess clinics serve as a prelude to big chess tournaments in Pangasinan notably the Pangasinan Age Group Championship and Gov. Amado Espino Open Chess Championship which is usually held on October and December of every year.

Participants for the upcoming chess clinics will be treated with lectures. Topics are as follows: September 8: Basic Moves of Chess (Beginners), Basic Chess Tactics (Intermediate), Opening Strategies (Advanced); September 9: Relative Values of the Pieces (Beginners), Advanced Chess Tactics (Intermediate), Middlegame Techniques (Advanced); September 22: Basic Mating Techniques (Beginners), Basic Endgame Techniques (Intermediate), Advanced Chess Strategies (Advanced); September 23: How to Meet Threats (Beginners), Basic Chess Strategies (Intermediate), Advanced Opening Strategies (Advanced).

Registration time will be held from 8AM to 10AM on September 8 to be followed by a brief program where Gov. Amado I. Espino III will deliver a message. Lectures will immediately be conducted right after the program.

For inquiries, interested parties may visit the PSMDC office at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center, or contact German Francisco (0919-565-8987); and Alex Fernandez (0932-773-8922).

A continuing sports development program of the provincial government which was launched by former Pangasinan governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., PCF has produced prominent local woodpushers which are now making big waves in the national and international scene to include International Master Haridas Pascua, a native of Mangatarem town, who recently won the National Chess Championship in Makati City last June. Pascua is bound for the World Chess Olympiad on October 7, 2018 in Batumi, Georgia to join the best chess players in the country to compete with the top woodpushers worldwide.  (Ruby R. Bernardino)

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