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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

Junior Pangasinan chesser shines in Singapore tilt

by Alex Romeo R. Fernandez

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -- A Pangasinense was among the four Filipino woodpushers who brought home gold medals from the Singapore International Chess Festival at the Jurong East Sports Complex on Sunday.

Dennis Gutierrez III, of San Fabian town, posted a total of 8 points by beating Jiddan Firman of Indonesia in the final round to win the gold medal in the under-8 category.

Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr., lauded the accomplishment of Gutierrez, who is a regular participant in tournaments organized by the Pangasinan Chess Club and the provincial government.

The medalist comes from a chess-playing family. His siblings, Dennis Jr. and Myka Sofia are regular participants in tournaments, while his father, Dennis Gutierrez, is a national master.

The other gold medalists were International Chess Federation (FIDE) Master Paulo Bersamina, Open U 14 category; Vince Angelo Medina, Open U-17; and Michelle Yaon, Girls U-17.

Jerad Docena of Bohol took home a silver medal in the Open U-14 category of this nine-round event, while Marc Christian Nazario (Open U-17), Julius Gonzales (Open U-11), Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem (Girls U-11), and Mae Ann Joy Baclayon (Girls U-8) hauled in bronze medals. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan with report from PIO)

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