THE National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), under former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero “Butch” Pichay and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham “Bambol’ Tolentino, has “achieved a lot in so little time.” This was stressed by NCFP director Willie Abalos in reaction to published reports that the chess association has come under fire from its own executive director.
“Contrary to claims of disgruntled individuals, the NCFP is not a rudderless sports boat,” said Abalos in a statement to the media.
“In fact, the NCFP is very active in the promotion of chess all over the country as proven by the staging of numerous local and international tournaments with lucrative cash prizes,” added Abalos, who spoke in behalf of Pichay and Tolentino.
Read the entire press release here.
Being a hard-core Pinoy chess fan, it's very hard to side with Estimo. I don't know what the people inside the NCFP are fighting about, but the current chess activities in the Philippines have indeed increased with the new people. Personally, I don't like politicians involved in running the chess body, but it's soooo much better that the time when Estimo was the head. He frustated a lot chess players and fans especially.
Mahirap talaga kapag politiko ang humahawak sa NCFP. Wala kasi syang time para tutukan ang mga nangyayari chess tournament. Marami ngang tournament pero kulang naman sa development! Kaya ngayon iilan-ilan pa lang mga GM natin. Ang kailangan mga nakaupo sa NCFP ay iyong may puso talaga sa chess at hindi iyong mga pansarariling kapakanan lamang ang hangarin.
Let the ghost of previous chess administrations haunt the present dispensation no more and then, only then, we can form a new attitude, a new way of thinking, a novelty move....When we are convinced that we can do this for all with equanimity, then we can look back that this gambit's a playable plan - for the better of philippine chess.
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