Chooks-to-Go announces champions of chess tournament

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Winners of the chess tournament pose with some of the organizers.

Chooks-to-Go is pleased to announce the winners of its first ever Chooks-to-Go National Rapid Chess Championship, which was held on April 29 at the Vista Mall in Sta. Rosa Laguna.

The first category, Open Category (for 19-year-old players and older), was dominated by Grand Master Darwin Laylo. International Master Barlo Nadera ended at second place, while Grand Master Rogelio Antonio Jr. landed at the third position.

The Junior Category (for players aged 13 to 18) had Mark James Marcellana as champion. His second placer was Istraelito Rilloraza, while Ruther Barredo was at the third place.

Finally, the Kiddie Category (for players 12 years old and younger) was ruled by Chester Neil Reyes as champion. Trailing behind him at the second spot was Robert James Perez, while at the third place was Jeremy Marticio.

All the winners bagged cash prizes and trophies.

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Chooks-to-Go President and General Manager delivers a speech during the tournament program.

The whole-day competition gathered more than 300 chess players, together with their coaches, trainers, and other chess enthusiasts.

“Our belief in developing the Filipino potential, especially in the field of sports, motivates us to continue supporting not only basketball but also chess tournaments, which foster self-confidence and camaraderie among players, said Chooks-to-Go President and General Manager Ronald Mascariñas.

The National Rapid Chess Championship was co-organized by the Rotary Club of Nuvali as a fund-raising activity for its charitable activities. It was mounted together with Laguna Chess Association and was sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.

The chess championship event was aimed at developing good thinkers through the understanding of chess strategies and tactics, improving the logical abilities and rational thinking and reasoning of the players. It also intended to instill a sense of self-confidence, self-worth, and camaraderie among participants.

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