Friday, March 13, 2009

Fil-Am chess champion challenges Filipino community in a simultaneous mattches (for a cause)

If this blog happens to have Filipino-American readers or just stumbled upon here and you live around the New York City area, you may want to spare some $25 and take a shot at Fil-Am chess champion Nonoy Rafael in a simultaneous games on March 28. Rafael was the 2007 NYC Inter-Bank League Team MVP, NY Open Champion, five-time De La Salle University Champion, NCAA Board 1 Gold Medalist, Philippine Junior Finalist. According to a Filipino American community newspaper, the, the event is aimed:

"to promote and benefit the GILAS Project...a private/public partnership led by Ayala Foundation, aimed at wiring all Philippine public high schools to the Internet. The goal is to build PC labs in all 6,300 public high schools in the Philippines. Over 2,100 schools have been connected, serving over 1,000,000 students meet the challenge of the 21st century."

Nonoy added,

“There's almost a two-decade of hiatus in my competitive chess career primarily due to change in priorities in my life, family and career. However, I never really left the game...Indeed, I was actually still playing chess during my spare time on-line which is very convenient nowadays and saves a lot of my busy time. Also, I was a team captain and tournament directors of various Fil-Am chess activities in the area.”
Please continue reading the whole article HERE

This is a welcome news. The Philippines produced another chess hero. In fact this is the first time that I heard of a Filipino chess player living abroad getting involved in a charity related work for the benefit of his people back home. So why don't you people out there in the area support the event?

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