THE Philippines is set to compete in the First Thailand Chess Festival at the Le Bali Resort and Spa, Pattaya, Thailand from July 7 to 18.
The team is led by Bonjoure Fille Suyamin, a grade 4 pupil of Del Rosario Christian Institute in General Trias City, Cavite, who is fresh from winning three (3) silver medal (standard, rapid and blitz) in the girls under-10 division of the 20th Asean Age Group Chess Championships in Mandalay City, Myanmar last June 18.
“I hope to do well in the upcoming First Thailand Chess Festival in Pattaya, Thailand,” said 9-year-old Bonjoure Fille, a consistent honor student and achievers since kinder up to present.
Arnel Beltran Del Rosario, chairman/president of Del Rosario Christian Institute Foundation, Inc., one of the supporter of Bonjoure Fille said “wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.”
Other members of the young Philippine chess squad are Yanie Ayesha Estavillo (U-8), Noreen Sciecky Atienza (U-8), Jirah Floravie Cutiyog (U-10), John Martin Firmalino (U-12), Geraldine Mae Camarines (U-12), Relghie Columna (U-12), Janmyl Dilan Tisado (U-14), Josh Edmar Castro (U-14), Paolo Estavillo (U-16), Jireh Dan Jaime Cutiyog (U-16) and Stephen Von Estavillo (U-18).
Bonjoure Fille carried the good fight for young woodpushers who won four gold and two silver medals at the First Thailand Pattaya Youth Chess Championship 2018 held at the Bay Beach Resort Pattaya, Banglamung, Chin Buried in Pattaya, Thailand last October 24.
Bonjoure Fille won the gold in the girls under-10 division while Clark Jemuel Cabatian, Relghie and Gio Troy Ventura took the gold in the boys’ Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 division, respectively.
Jirah Floravie and Geraldine Mae chipped inn silver medals in the girls under-10 and under-12.
“We expect these young and talented chess players from General Trias City, Cavite to perform well as usual and bring honor to the country,” said supporter of the youth and Chess God Father Luis “Jon-Jon” Ferrer IV.
The Filipinos will go against squads from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Brunei according to Philippine chess coach Ederwin Estavillo, who is also the president of the General Trias City Chess Club.
“Majority of these young athletes did very well during the Philippine age group chess championships,” added coach Estavillo.
The head of the delegation is Baby Lyn Kempiz of City Mayor’s Office of General Trias City, Cavite.
“Youth team members are all from General Trias, Cavite and members of General Trias City Chess Club.” said head of the delegation Kempiz.
They are supported by local government of General Trias City, Cavite led by Mayor Antonio “Ony” Ferrer and Congressman Luis “Jon-jon” Ferrer.
This delegation is endorsed by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines thru FA Red Dumuk, NCFP Executive Director and backed up by the Philippine Sports Commission. — Marlon Bernardino