A top Filipino chess player was honoured by the organisers of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations on Friday at the Hyatt Plaza for his pioneering work in establishing the Filipino Chess Players League (FCPL). The five-year-old League has acquired the reputation of being the team to beat in any chess tournament in Qatar.
Agustin Tabol, the president of FCPL and the top seed among Filipino chess players in Qatar, was given the Parangal sa Kagitingan (Award of Excellence) by the award-giving body of the Philippine Independence Organising Committee.
Tabol was honoured for his unrelenting efforts to develop the skills of his countrymen in the game of chess, which have resulted in the FCPL creating an excellent track record in chess tournaments in Qatar. He has also worked to promote the game and foster understanding and friendship among all people in the country regardless of their nationality, gender, age, religion and beliefs.
According to Andor Huerto, FCPL vice president, who nominated Tabol for the award, because of Tabol’s dedication, the FCPL today stands out as a well-known chess group that has garnered top honours and earned the respect of chess players of other nationalities.
Recently, the Qatar Chess Association requested Tabol to become part of its teaching staff to train promising Qatari chess players into world-class competitors.
Tabol was bronze medallist in the Asian Cities Chess Team Championship, in which 33 countries participated in 1990. He was coach to Filipino grandmaster Rogelio Barsinilla Jr. when the latter was Asian Junior Champion in 1989.
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