Quezon City, July 6, 2011 – As expected, Chess Grandmaster Eugene Torre ran roughshod over the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chess wizards in a fifteen (15) board chess simul at the BIR National Training Center Auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City. The score: 14 wins against a solitary loss.
The fifteen board BIR chess team coming from Revenue Region Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8 and the National Office fought GM Torre toe-to-toe in three (3) hours before yielding to the more experienced play of the latter. Torre’s only loss was dealt by Bong Bandrang of RDO 24, Valenzuela.
Asia’s first chess grandmaster and Philippine chess living-legend conducted the chess simul not only to bring chess back to its lofty status in Philippine sports but also to raise tax awareness among Filipino chess masters.
Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares graced the event. In her talk during the short opening program she acknowledged chess as fit for all revenue personnel. “Chess is a mind game which does not entail too much cost to stage. Let this be the start of succeeding chess competitions in the BIR,” she said.
Also present during the simul were Assistant Commissioner Lucita G. Rodriguez and Assistant Regional Director Jonas DP. Amora, who organized the event together with TIED Chief Reymarie T. de la Cruz and Revenue Officer Ruleo V. Badilles.
Next in line for BIR woodpushers is the BIR Anniversary Chess Tournament which will be held at the BIR National Training Center with the imprimatur of Commissioner Henares and support of GM Torre. (reytdlc)