Jailhouse gambit: Filipino inmates shine in int’l chess



MANILA, Philippines — They might be behind bars, however they’re making waves within the rarefied world of chess.

5 inmates of the Normal Santos Metropolis Jail (Male Dormitory) in South Cotabato want to replicate the Philippines’ gold-medal feat within the Olympics via weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, having superior to the championship stage of the First Intercontinental On-line Chess Championship on Thursday.

As this was being written, the Philippine crew was participating in a round-robin match on the chess.com web site with gamers from 11 different nations that had certified for the finals.

Every closing crew shall consist of 4 gamers, with an infinite variety of substitutions.

The Philippine crew members are Borres, 34 years outdated; Palos, 35; Michael, 36; and Alimar and Nilo, each 41. Competitors guidelines don’t permit the disclosure of their full names, in keeping with the Bureau of Jail Administration and Penology ( BJMP).

The video games have been livestreamed on Chess TV and the official YouTube channel of the Worldwide Chess Federation (FIDE), which mentioned “particular certificates” can be awarded to the members of the successful crew.

Prime 2 spots

The Philippine crew and that from Mongolia secured the highest two spots after defeating members from the United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Australia, and Kyrgyzstan in the course of the eliminations on Wednesday, the match’s first day and the Worldwide Day of Training in Prisons.

A complete of 42 groups representing 31 nations competed within the two-day Intercontinental On-line Chess Match for Prisoners, which was organized by the FIDE as a part of its “Chess for Freedom” program launched in Could 2020.

This system is geared toward introducing chess as a device for training and social inclusion in prisons of various nations and is carried out underneath the patronage of Russian grandmaster and former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov.

“We discover this initiative crucial [as] it permits FIDE to increase its impression behind the borders of the purely chess world,” FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich mentioned in an announcement.

“Chess offers a route for incarcerated individuals into training; they discover optimistic use of their leisure time and be taught abilities that assist to show their lives round,” Dvorkovich mentioned.

“Taking part in chess teaches them find out how to enhance their pondering and make higher life selections,” he mentioned.

Coach Cedrix

The Philippine chess crew was in a position to enter the worldwide competitors via the efforts of Jail Officer Cedrix Cabangal, who additionally serves as crew coach.

A chess fanatic, Cabangal mentioned he was continually up to date with the net tournaments of FIDE.

“After I noticed a publish about Chess For Freedom, and they’d be internet hosting a match for PDLs (individuals disadvantaged of liberty), I instantly signed up,” he mentioned.

After FIDE’s affirmation of the registration on August 28, Cabangal organized a chess match for the inmates of the Normal Santos Metropolis Jail.

Out of twenty-two members, Borres, Palos, Michael, Alimar, and Nilo proved to be the 5 gamers finest outfitted to symbolize the nation within the competitors.


Cabangal mentioned the crew ready for the competitors via every day follow.

“We watched movies and tutorials of chess video games. We analyzed and reviewed our previous video games. I additionally guided and taught them what to do in the course of the match,” he mentioned of the crew’s routine.

The BJMP chief, Jail Director Allan Iral, counseled the efforts of Cabangal as the power’s welfare and growth officer.

“That is the primary time in BJMP historical past {that a} crew of PDLs is competing in a world chess match,” Iral mentioned.

“I’m congratulating them even when they’ve but to win. I’m very proud that our PDLs carry the flag of our nation in a world chess competitors,” he mentioned.

Jailhouse gambit: Filipino inmates shine in int’l chess
Jailhouse gambit: Filipino inmates shine in int’l chess

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