Asia’s first chess grandmaster Eugene Torre urged students on Wednesday, July 10, to take up chess as a way to stay away from vices, including the use of illegal drugs.
Speaking during the press launch of the first Tempo Inter-Schools Rapid Chess Championships at the Manila Prince Hotel in Ermita, Torre stressed that children need to have a ‘diversion’ so that they will not get into vices.
“Hindi pwedeng labanan yung droga, papatayin na lang, kailangan meron alternative diversion para maalis yung kanilang addiction, temptation sa vices, especially sa droga,” Torre said.
The 67-year old Filipino chess icon also pointed out that chess is a mental sport and children need not only to be healthy physically but also mentally.
“Palaging iniinculcate sa atin ang importance of promoting ourselves, our well-being physically and mentally. Hindi pwedeng physical lang. Hindi pwedeng mental lang,” Torre explained.
“Ang kagandahan sa pag-suporta sa chess ay bihira yung mental sport na medal sport,” he added.
Furthermore, Torre mentioned that chess has many tournaments for various age groups that can bring honor and prestige to the Philippines.