THE House of Representatives will honor the Philippines’ first female chess Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna of Albay in special rites today after claiming the historic title in the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The House lawmakers unanimously passed Resolution 12, congratulating and commending Frayna, based on a resolution filed by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda.
Salceda said Congress has scheduled a special ceremony where House Speakers Pantaleon Alvarez will honor and present Frayna a “specially engraved enrolled bill at the rostrum of Congress, in the presence of all Bicolano lawmakers and in the company of her family.”
Frayna, a 20-year old BS Psychology student of the Far Eastern University, drew with International Master Davaademberel Nomin-Erdene of Mongolia, and amassed the required 6.0 points on four wins, four draws and one loss. She had a 2281 rating at the end of the competition.
She bested three male grandmasters, one of whom has an international master title, and two other lady competitors with international master tile during the week-long competitions.
Frayna became an international chess GM even younger than Eugene Torre, the Asia’s first GM, who earned the title in 1974 in Nice, France, at age 22. The new grandmaster is also a candidate for cum laude honors at FEU.
At age 12, Frayna was registered by her mother with the Mayon Chess Club in Legazpi City and started playing in local competitions. Her games improved so rapidly her mother would often accompany her to national competitions, among them the 2008 Palarong Pambansa in Palawan where she placed fifth.