Acuyong bags Nat’l Youth, Schools Chess tilt

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The new rising star woodpusher Chester Acuyong of Roxas City clinched the title for the Under-15 Boys elimination for National Youth and Schools Chess Championship held at Himaya Hall in Himamaylan City Hall, Negros Occidental, April 16.

Acuyong, a grade-9 student of Capiz National High School in Roxas City scored perfectly after seven rounds of Swiss system to top against 32 chess players from different schools, cities and provinces in the country.

According to Capiz’s first chess National Master Francis Jocson, “May he obtain his National or FIDE Masters title soon.”

Chester Acuyong of Roxas City clinched the title for the Under-15 Boys elimination for National Youth and Schools Chess Championship

This writer believes “this could be the spark that should make chess the provincial passion once again.”

Not since the glory days of Capiz chess in the ’70s when Frederick Tumanon salvaged the 1974 Philippine Junior Chess title and in the late ’90s, Francis Jocson garnered a perfect score of 5 points and was awarded the National Master title during the 1999 Philippine Inter-Cities/Provinces held in Cagayan de Oro City.

Ed Basilonia
Ed Basilonia
a veteran journalist for more than two decades. He wrote for almost all local newspapers in the province as well as for a national daily as a correspondent. Ed was also the head of the Capiz Provincial Press Bureau for two governors. He was the head of the press bureau when they won as the best information office of an LGU in Western Visayas for the first time ever. He is a public relations practitioner and a media relations expert. He is now a successful businessman but has retained his love for writing.

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