A game played by two to move sixteen (16) pieces guided by specific rules with the goal to checkmate opponent’s king. A combat of minds. A game where accuracy, calculation, and concentration are greatly needed. This is the battle were our fellow Negrense is preparing right now. The rising princess of chess, Mary Grace “Precious” Tambasen. A Bachelor of Science in Psychology graduate from the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos (UNO-R). Precious has been bagging her gold since her high school days. This princess has lots of collections hang-up in her home. RR Dizon Memorial Chess Tournament 2007 Champion, held at the University of St. La Salle- Bacolod City, 3-Time NOPSSCEA Champion- Gold Medalist, 4-Time Regional PRISAA Champion- Gold Medalist, and 2-Time Champion National University Games , (2007, 2008), are just among her few achievements in this field. Also, an international qualifier for 2006 ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia World Youth Chess Festival, and recently a qualifier in 2013 International Zonal 3.3 Chess Championship held in Tagaytay International Convention Center are the fruits of her imperishable dedication to chess. And now she will clash with other chess geniuses at Gainsfield Chess Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24, 2014 and will be the lone Negrense female player to compete in the Series of Tournaments in the United States in March 2014. Her scheduled events in the US are the following: March 14-16, 2014 Massachusetts Chess Tournament ; March 22, 2014 -Pennsylvania 2014 PA State Game Championship; March 28-30, 2014 -Florida 12th Annual Southern Class Championship; April 16-20, 2014-Pennsylvania 8th Annual Philadelphia Open.

(Mr. Ericson Rios)

Kodus to Precious !