Paragua’s sister to join PSC Rapid chess
abs-cbnNEWS.com 09/12/2009 8:34 PM

MANILA – The youngest sister of Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Mark Paragua has confirmed to play in the inaugural Pineda-Santos-Camer (PSC) Rapid Chess tournament which starts Sunday at the Ramon Magsaysay Cubao High School (RMCHS) in Cubao, Quezon City.

The 11 year-old Gem Hannah Callano-Paragua is fresh from an outstanding performance in the recently concluded Milo Little Olympics Chess Championships Saturday at the Marikina Sports Complex.

She scored a perfect 5.0 out of five games in board 1 of elementary division.

“Gagawin ko lamang po ang best ko sa PSC chess,” said Gem Hannah, who plans to follow the footsteps of his older brother, the 2003 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games most bemedalled athlete GM Mark Paragua.

Gem and Mark learned the rudiments of the sports from their father Ric Paragua.

The tournament registration starts at 9 am before the inspirational speech to be given by Asia’s First GM Eugene Torre, an RMCHS batch 68 alumni.

The tournament, which aimed to search for future chess stars, will have three divisions: kiddie 14 year-old and below, women’s and non-master.

Registration fee is P300 for the non-master category while it will be P200 each for the kiddie 14 year-old and below and women’s division.

Those who want to join may contact 0919-8493648 for complete details.

Marlon Bernardino

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