LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Pangasinan Chess Festival (PCF) 2017 kicks off with series of chess clinics scheduled from September 9-10 and 16-17.
Organized by the provincial government of Pangasinan through the Provincial Sports Development and Management Council (PSMDC), PCF is supported by the Pangasinan Chess League (PCL), and is sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
The series of chess clinics dubbed 7th Governor Amado Espino Chess Clinic to be held on two consecutive weekends in September will be held in two venues in Lingayen, namely: Pangasinan Training and Development Center (opening and closing venue), and Magsaysay Elementary School (training venue).
Participants from Pangasinan are accorded ‘free-of-charge participation’ during the chess clinics which is the training component of PCF.
The series of chess clinics serve as prelude to three big chess tournaments of PCF: 7th Pangasinan Age Group Chess Championship (October 7-8); 7th Pangasinan Chess Championship (November 11-12); 9th Gov. Amado Espino Open Chess Championship (December 9-10).
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).
PCF is 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 notably produced prominent local woodpushers who are now making big waves in the national and international chess arena to include the soon-to-be grandmaster Haridas Pascua, who hails from Mangatarem town.
By Dexter A. See