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Shell National Youth Active Chess Honors 8-Year Old Youngest Finalist

Eight-year old Stephen Rome Pangilinan (front row) of Christian Ecclesiastical School - Bulacan was hailed as the Art Borjal Awardee being the youngest finalist during the 2010 Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship Grand Finals held recently at the Event Center of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Youngest Finalist

Despite Pangilinan’s young age, he has displayed maturity and wisdom in the serious game of chess, setting an example to other aspiring young players of the annual awaited chess tournament. He managed to pull off a score of 3.5 points during the grand finals, playing the 9-round Swiss system format.

Pangilinan was Northern Luzon Leg’s champion in the Kiddies division where he won all of his nine games during the 2-day tournament. At his young age, he is already seasoned in international chess competitions. In 2009, he triumphed over 36 other players from around the world in the Las Vegas International Chessfest in the Susan Polgar under eight-year old division.

Photo shows (back row, left to right): Pangilinan’s mother, Pilipinas Shell Government and Media Relations Manager Mich Cruz, Grandmaster Wesley So, Asia’s First Grandmaster Eugene Torre, and Pangilinan’s father.

Shell Active Chess is an annual programme of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation which supports the empowerment of the Filipino youth, in line with the company’s commitment to sustainable development. It is sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, and supported by Shell V-Power, Shellane, Shell Helix, and McDonald's, in partnership with SM Megamall, SM Supermalls, Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao, Central Philippine University Iloilo, University of San Carlos Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro City Tourism.