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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

House lauds nine-year old chess prodigy Bince Rafael Operiano of Albay
21 November 2022 10:30:01 PM

THE House of Representatives adopted on Monday a resolution
congratulating nine-year old chess prodigy Bince Rafael Operiano for
winning the 6th Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship held in Bangkok,
Thailand from November 4 to 12, 2022.

Operiano, who hails from Barangay Busac, Municipality of Oas, Province
of Albay, dominated the competition involving 29 contenders from
different countries, advancing through the nine rounds and finally
bagging the gold medal.

Born on October 24, 2013 to parents Ben Operiano and Rosemary Roblico
Operiano, the grade-three pupil from San Isidro Elementary School in
Oas, Albay, qualified for the tournament in Bangkok, Thailand when he
won the National Youth and Schools Chess Championship Grand Finals
Boys Under 9 Category held at the Dapitan City Cultural Complex in
Zamboanga del Norte in September 2022.

“In winning the chess championship in the international arena, Bince
Operiano brought immense pride to the Filipino people and inspired his
peers and the future generations of chess players to achieve greatness
despite the odds that are stacked against them,” House Resolution (HR)
No. 576 said.

HR No. 576 was adopted in consolidation with HR Nos. 541, 542, 565, and 568.

“Even at a tender age of nine, Bince Rafael Operiano of Oas, Albay has
already accomplished the great feat of representing and bringing honor
and glory to the country, and his exemplary performance deserves
utmost commendation, admiration, and distinction,” it added.

HR No. 576 was introduced by Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, Majority
Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, Minority Leader Marcelino C.
Libanan, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos,
and Tingog Party-list Reps. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Jude A.
Acidre, and other lawmakers.

Despite the challenges due to financial difficulties, Operiano emerged
victorious because of his “determination to win, the loving support of
his parents, and the financial assistance of Filipinos who believed in
his outstanding skills in chess.”

According to the resolution, Operiano started competing at the age of
six even without proper training and coach, and was declared the
champion in his first competition in the boys Under 8 category at the
Albay Astrodome in 2020.(END)