"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. - John Wooden"

ESMI's Online Age Group Chess Championships - Eliminations Round has accommodated 631 players from various cities and provinces around the Philippines with the special participation of our nearby countries from India, Kazakhztan, Malaysia, Cambodia and Nepal. Only Top 10 per category  have advanced to the most-awaited Grand Finals. As the Grand Finals tournament runs from August 19-22, 2020 we can now  finally name who luckily grabbed the crown among the rest.

During the most awaited Awarding/ Closing Ceremony last August 23, 2020 via Zoom, we have witnessed the message of our NCFP Executive Director Atty. Cliburn Anthony Orbe for recognizing our Philippine Chess and wonders and pride. Likewise, a remarkable speech from our Honorable Guest Speaker Hon. Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III reminiscing his experience as a chess player and expressing his endless support to our promising Filipino chess players. He also shared his wisdom to our aspirants "Chess will teach you discipline, organize thinking and planning. Pursue your chess dreams..."  For the Closing Remarks, our ESMI's Founding President, NM/Atty. Cresencio V. Aspiras Jr. has expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation to all players for participating in this successful event much more to all sponsors and partners. Embedded with the ESMI's mission to promote Chess and develop young talents for this has been a good start. They are the living proof of success in life with their cherishable learnings in this intellectual board game and enable to give back to build and discover precious talents and young potentials.

Afterwhich, the Recognition of winners followed. Our  promising players April Joy Claros and FM-Elect Mark Jay Bacojo sparkled in the recently-concluded ESMI Online Age Group Chess Championship - Grand Finals as they successfully grabbed the crown as the event's multi-titled winners in numerous divisions.

Under 18 - Champion, Under 14 - 2nd Place and Juniors/Masters - Women Division 3rd Place, April Joy Claros, 13-year-old Angeles, Pampanga's pride made a remarkable lead over the queens as she won numerous titles in this pretigious event. She is a Grade 8 student of Far Eastern University-Diliman. She showed her fierce game as she has proved that age is just a number and not a hindrance to beat the elder and master opponents. As stated by GM Jayson Gonzales, "This promising player, April Joy Claros will become our next Woman Grandmaster in the near future. She is our Champion in 2018 Palarong Pambansa, Batang Pinoy and Gold Medalist in 2019 Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championships. Despite of her status in life, she strive to chase her Chess dreams." She is very thankful of this event as quoted, "Thank you po sa ating sponsors Sen. Koko Pimentel III and Atty. Cris Aspiras Jr. at sa tournament organizers po Sir/GM Jayson Gonzales GM Janelle Frayna and WFM Michelle Yaon Maraming salamat po, sana po magtuloy tuloy po ang mga tournament at suporta po sa Philippine Chess. God bless and Mabuhay!"

Likewise, in the field of Kings, FIDE Master-Elect Mark Jay Bacojo wiped out his strong contenders with a perfect score of 9/9 for the record in the Under 14 Boys Division. As a matter of fact, he garnered multiple championships as Champion in Under 14 - Boys, Champion in Under 18 - Boys and 3rd Place in Juniors/Masters-Open Division. He is only 14 years old, Grade 9 student of Dasmariñas Integrated High School and Pride of Dasmariñas, Cavite . Last 2019 ASEAN Age Group in Myanmar, he also got 3 Individual Gold Medals in Standard, Rapid and Blitz. 

Needless to say that results have proved how our Junior chess players have shown their mettle in this mind battle with their undaunted confidence during the games.

We can't wait to witness these new Generation Chess Champions to be the next Grandmasters and Woman Grandmasters of our Country.

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