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September 17, 2016


Janelle Mae Frayna Attained her last WGM norm in the World Chess Olympiad and be the First Philippine Woman Grandmaster

Baku, Azerbaijan


Woman International Master Janelle Mae Frayna achieved her last and Final Woman Grandmaster norm after she drew her match against International Master Nomin-Erdene Davaadembarel of Mangolia in the 9th round of World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. As of 9th round, she has 4 wins, 4 Draws and one loss for a total score of 6 points out 9 Games. A graduating Psychology Student and Candidate for Cum Laude in Far Eastern University and Likewise, a 76 UAAP season Athlete of the year and most valuable player in chess.

Janelle is the prodigy of yours truly, after she enrolled in the Philippine Academy for chess Excellence in the year 2010 after 6-8 months of extensive training, she gained the prominence in Philippine Chess scene when she won the National Juniors in year 2011 as one of the youngest winner on that particular event, and after that she keeps on winning in a various national and International tournaments. She won twice as first runner up and twice as a Champion in Women's National Championships and twice as National Junior Champion as well as many times Champion in ASEAN + Age group Chess Championships. Also, a third timer member of Philippine team for World chess Olympiad. She achieved her first WGM norm in 2014 National Men's Grandfinals and her second WGM norm was Acheived in Bangkok open in 2015.

In the year 2014, she made a history as she qualified as the first Female player to reach in the men's Grandfinals National Chess Championship and won the 4th spot beating Several Filipino Grandmasters such as GM Rogelio Antonio Jr, GM Richard Bitoon and drew with GM Barcenilla, she defeated IM Joel Pimentel, IM Oliver Dimakiling, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia. And one her memorable victories when she won against GM Eugene Torre in 2015 National Men's Championship.

In Behalf of Philippine Woman Grand master Janelle. We convey our gratefulness formthe support and assistance of several good meaning people, patrons, and supporters. Most Especially to NCFP President Cong. Prospero A. Pichay. Jr. NCFP Vice President for Visayas Cong. Neri Javier Colmenares and Chairman for grass development, NCFP Vice President for Luzon Atty. Ruel Canobas, Phil. Manager and the Head of delegation for 2016 World Chess Olympiad and NCFP Sec. Gen. Cong. Abraham N. Tolentino and to PSC Chairman William Ramirez.

Our heartful Thanks to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III for his especial support and assistance to Janellle in the World Junior and in this Olympiad, we are wishing his continued support for her upcoming campaign in Europe as well as to the 2018 World Chess championship Cycle. Lastly, but not the least, our sincere gratitude to Far Eastern University Athletic Department headed by Director Mark Oliver Molina and to Sir Anton Montinola one of the owners of FEU for their unprecedented and unwavering assistance.

May This achievement of Janelle would awaken our multi national companies to help our young talented and up coming chess players. More so, hoping that our Government Sport agency would be motivated to continue their vigorous support in Philippine Chess Program where Filipino players could excel.