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Team Philippines rules Online Chess for Prisoners

Pia Lee Brago - The Philippine Star
Team Philippines rules Online Chess for Prisoners
“Placing only fifth last year, the male team  prepared well and was even trained by some of the Philippines’ strong chess masters, including Winston Silva, Shrihaan Poddar and Cedrix Cabangal,” the DFA said.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines ruled the second Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners, defeating Colombia in the finale of the male category.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the team is from the General Santos City Jail.

“Placing only fifth last year, the male team  prepared well and was even trained by some of the Philippines’ strong chess masters, including Winston Silva, Shrihaan Poddar and Cedrix Cabangal,” the DFA said.

Over 85 teams composed of inmates from 46 countries took part in this online event among correctional facilities via Chess.com. It was organized by the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) in observance of the International Day of Education in Prisons.

Mongolia was successful in defending its crown in the female category.

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