MBTF MEETS TORRE – International Grand Master Eugene Torre (right) shakes hands with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (left) after the ceremonial move during the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) 1st Chess Summit at the CSI Stadia with 3,500 students participating. Also in photo are DCSC Commissioner Lemuel Astadan (second left), Agew na Dagupan executive chairperson Frosefina J. Bravo (second right), City Legal Officer Vicky Cabrera (standing, left), DCSC Commissioner Finnela T. Sim (standing, 3rd left), Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito (standing, right) and Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong (standing, 2nd right). (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – At least 3,500 students in elementary and secondary schools from both public and private joined the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) 1stChess Summit at CSI Stadia on June 30 with International Grand Master Eugene Torre as guest.

The summit was the 70th Agew na Dagupan culminating activity with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as over-all chairman and former Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo as executive chairperson.

Among the activities held during the one-day summit included chess clinic for beginners, a mini-blitz tournament and a simultaneously chess play with Torre.

Torre shared his winning moves, strategies and techniques to 24 students who were selected from different private and public schools to play simultaneously with him.

Beginners were given tips on the best beginners move while those who had been playing chess were oriented on Torre’s strategies and techniques as well as on furthering and enhancing their skills on chess.

DCSC Commissioner lawyer Lemuel Astadan said that the summit’s thrust is to create awareness on the importance of chess and develop the talent of every “batang” Dagupeño in playing chess.

“We believe that by playing chess, the children will be able to acquire the kind of discipline that will help them in their studies and in preparing their future,” said Astadan.

Inspired by the number of children present who showed their interest in the game, Mayor Fernandez promised to put additional P1 million in the city’s sports program exclusively for the chess program.

“I suggest that instead of playing computer games, children must be encouraged to play chess to improve their concentration and help them focus on their studies. This is why we will be allocating an additional P1 million for our sports program to train and purchase all the necessary equipment in the training of the children in playing chess,” said Fernandez.

On the other hand, Torre thanked Fernandez for initiating the chess summit and for her support to the development of children in this field. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/June 30, 2017)