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Hong Kong’s Pinoy Chess Community Unites OFWs in a Battle of Wits

Winners and participants at the chess competition organized by the Pinoy Chess Community in Hong Kong (PCCHK)

HONG KONG — In a gripping display of strategic decision-making and mental prowess, Hazel Yamut emerged triumphant as the champion of Batch 2 in the chess competition organized by the Pinoy Chess Community in Hong Kong (PCCHK). The 36-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who has been residing in Hong Kong for over a year, attributed her success to the game’s resemblance to life itself.

“Chess-match is like a battle of decision-making. Every decision you make has consequences. Once you play the right move at the right time, you can win the game. And so is life!” Yamut expressed, illustrating her deep connection with the game.

Yamut’s journey to chess stardom began unexpectedly when she stumbled upon an invitation to join the chess tournament on her Facebook newsfeed. Fond memories of her high school days resurfaced as she recalled passing by a group of men engaged in a spirited game of chess during her daily commute home. Intrigued by the game’s intricacies, she dedicated her time to observing their strategies, eventually learning the moves of each piece and acquiring the techniques necessary to emerge victorious.

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Reflecting on her past, Yamut mused, “Never did I know that I could be good at chess. If I had known, maybe I would have participated in our school’s chess tournament. The reason behind my hesitation was simply a lack of self-confidence.”

The 2nd batch chess tournament, held on March 10, 2024, at the Bayanihan Center in Kennedy Town, saw the participation of 18 OFWs, all eager to test their mettle on the chessboard. Ms. Shiela Cancino, an avid chess player herself and the founder of PCCHK, emphasized that chess provides OFWs with a much-needed opportunity to relax and focus during their one day off each week.

Cancino further noted that the PCCHK community is witnessing a surge in interest, with an increasing number of OFWs expressing a keen desire to learn and engage in the game of chess. The game’s intellectual challenges and strategic intricacies serve as a welcome respite from their demanding work routines, allowing them to exercise their minds while fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared passion.

As Hazel Yamut basks in the glory of her chess triumph, her inspiring journey stands as a testament to the power of self-belief and the boundless opportunities that can be unlocked through the pursuit of one’s passions. With the Pinoy Chess Community in Hong Kong fostering a growing interest in chess among OFWs, it is clear that the game’s timeless allure continues to captivate hearts and minds, transcending borders and bringing people together in a shared pursuit of excellence.