26 October 2014

Emirates Airlines Rapid Chess Tournament 2014


TPSian titled 'Best Youngest Player' at Emirates Chess Tournament
by Paul B. Bolanos (article from TPS Sports Feature)
      ‘Though opponents render good chess schemes, Gwen proves his moves are better.’ Thirteen year – old Gwen Camaya, a grade 8 student from The Philippine School-Dubai, was awarded and named as the Best Youngest Player during the Emirates Group Rapid Chess Tournament held at the Emirates Headquarters last October 18, 2014.
    The tournament had 50 participants who were of different nationalities who include the UAE nationals, Indians, Egyptians, British, Romanians, Latvians, Canadians, Chinese, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans. According to Mr. Armando Delgado, the Emirates Chess Club President, the competition was fierce and the players had to show quick thinking and total concentration due to a 15-minute per player per game limit.
          Among the youngest participants, Gwen was the top finisher after 7 rounds of the play. When asked about when he started playing chess and who taught him, he said that he began playing chess when he was 9 years old. “My grandfather taught me how to play it. He became my inspiration, ” Gwen remarked. “I didn’t know that my mom signed me up for the event. She informed me the day before the games. I was very anxious at first, but my parents and my brother Klein were there to support me which made me comfortable.
        The recognition felt special because it was my first time to compete and defeat adult players, ” he added. Gwen is a member of the TPS chess club organized by Mr. Edwin Caliyon. He also had won inter-school tournaments and had previous track record for being the champion in the Under 12 Category – Push A Pawn for a Cause Tournament – a charity event held in TPS last year for the typhoon Yolanda victims.






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