MANILA, Philippines – Nine-year-old Bince Rafael Operiano of Albay secured the number one spot in his category during the Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov.5-12.
He was awarded the Conditional Candidate Master title in the boys under 10 years old standard event after beating more than 20 players from other countries.
The chess whiz will be granted the status of National Master when he reaches 10 years old, according to the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
The Grade 3 student of San Isidro Elementary School was chosen to compete in the tournament after winning the National Youth and Schools Chess Championships Grand Finals Boys Under 9 Category held in September in Zamboanga Del Norte.
The young player is the middle child of Rosemary and Ben Operiano, who works as a security guard.
Operiano’s family earlier sought for assistance for paying the registration fee for their child to be able to join the competition and represent the Philippines.
Albayanos’ and local politicians’ help proved to be worth it as Bince’s superior analyzing and strategizing skills brought victory and pride to the country.