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Frayna seeks greatness in Philippine National Women's Chess Championship

Joey Villar - Philstar.com
Frayna seeks greatness in Philippine National Women's Chess Championship
Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines – Janelle Mae Frayna will try to cement her place as the one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Filipina woodpushers of all time as she sets in motion her title-retention bid in the Philippine National Women’s Chess Championship unfurling Tuesday at the PACE in Quezon City.

The country’s first and only Woman Grandmaster has asserted her dominance of the event last year and is expected to rule again the nine-day tournament staking a cash pot amounting to P140,000 including P50,000 to the winner thanks to presentor Nova Wellness Center owned by Travis Vincent Chua.

“I’m at my peak and the best condition of my life,” said the 25-year-old Southeast Asian Games silver medalist.

Frayna, however, kept cautioning herself that he couldn’t take the opposition for granted.

“I expect it to be tough because I will be facing equally experienced players as well as promising young talents,” she said.

Frayna was referring to the seasoned group of fellow Olympiad mainstays Jan Jodilyn Fronda, Bernadette Galas, Marie Antoinetten San Diego and Shania Mae Mendoza.

The yough movement will be composed of April Joy Claros, Ayana Usman, Bea Mendoza, Vic Glysen Derotas, Mary Joy Tan, Franchesca Largo, Ayana Usman and Kate Nicole Ordizo.

Tournament director is National Chess Federation of the Philippines CEO GM Jayson Gonzales while Reden Cruz is chief arbiter.

Apart from the money prize, the top performers here will get a chance to represent the country in international events like the Hangzhou Asian Games and the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in Thailand next year.

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JANELLE MAE FRAYNA

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