• GMs Torre, Frayna grace Shell Active Chess Grand finals


    The Grandfinals of the 24th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship got underway at the Event Center of SM Megamall recently with no less than the country’s first woman grandmaster (WGM) Janelle Mae Frayna and Eugene Torre, Asia’s first grandmaster, sharing inspirational messages to the finalists. Photo shows Frayna (left, seated), together with Melanie Bularan (right), Social Investment and Social Performance Manager of Shell Group of Companies in the Philippines, while doing the ceremonial first moves. Looking on were (standing, from left:) Gene Poliarco, chief arbiter; GM Jayson Gonzales, Frayna’s chess coach; and GM Torre.


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