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Baguio City holds first chess competition for the blind

Updated: Aug 31, 2022


La Trinidad, Benguet – The first chess competition for the visually impaired individuals in Baguio City and Benguet was concluded over the weekend at the Cowboys Town, La Trinidad, Benguet.


Mt. Province Broadcasting Corporation relayed that the competition was participated by 29 visually-impaired individuals coming from Baguio City and the municipalities of Tuba and La Trinidad, Benguet.


According to Ruby Gun, the competition’s organizer, the idea of holding the competition only came out ten months ago while having a small talk with the president of Baguio Organization for the blind.

Together with his team, they pursued holding the event which was successfully held on Saturday, August 27.


“10 months ago, kuwentuhan lang namin ito with the President of Baguio Organization for the blind, then nakausap ko yung mga kateam mates namin and then, we started forming mga arbiters, pick a chief arbiter and then team leader for each team…” she narrated.


To fit with the current situation of its participants, some rules of the chess game were modified.


Who are the winners?


Denmark Dulnuan from Tuba, Benguet emerged as the champion and brought home with him a trophy and a P15,000 cash prize.

He was able to top the chess game after Thomas Talabis of Baguio City lost to him twice during the “best of three” series of the championship games.


Just like every game, Dulnuan was able to win over his 28 co-competitors during the elimination rounds and semi-finals before finally moving to the championship games.


Meantime, in an interview by MPBC, one of the participants expressed hope that the activity will be held on a regular basis.


This, he said, would help in enhancing their skills in playing the said boardgame as they also wanted to take part in national and international chess competitions.

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