Robert Abitan ... 2014 CamNorte Superintendent's Cup champion. - MWBuzzpic
By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
EIGHT-year-old chess wizard Robert Abitan of Parang, Mambulao, CamNorte was today (April 26) declared champion in the Superintendent’s Cup chess tournament held for two days in the capital town of Daet.
Abitan, an MWBuzz protégé, demolished his adversaries from Daet, Labo, Capalonga and Pandan.
In the opening games yesterday, he won his first three matches and sealed his victory today by demolishing his three remaining rivals.
For his feat, the Parang lad received P1,000 cash prize.
The representative from Pandan and Capalonga won P750 and P500 prize respectively.
Tournament arbiters and organizers said: “Believe kaming lahat sa kanya (Abitan).”
Abitan will be competing for the Bicol regional grand finals to be held in Daet in December.
Meantime, Abitan will start his training to prepare for a major tournament in Metro Manila in September and December, where he will play in the open category matches.
Right now, he is already playing in the Junior and Senior levels.
His trainer and coach, Joseph Abitan, 16, said Abitan urgently needs funding assistance to prepare for the coming three major tournament this year.
The elder Abitan said he needs vitamins to nourish his brain and boost his resistance.
A doctor who recently examined him said the boy is malnourished and underweight and needs adequate nourishment.
Abitan is a son of a subsistence fisherman and lives in the squatter district along the beach of Parang.
He learned chess at the age of six from his uncle Joseph Abitan and began playing on bets of P2 whenever he was hungry.
He bought bread with his winnings.
These days, his neighbourhood adversaries had avoided playing with him, saying he has become “unbeatable”. - MWBuzzNews
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