25 Calao St., Sawmill, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya
Childhood memories remind me of my elder brothers Ferdinand (Jun) and Floramante (Bong) faced each other on a checkered board with wooden pieces which I could relate nothing but a horse's head. I did not see the joy of playing the game until my brother Bong introduced me how each piece moved. It seemed complicated in the first time and I usually forgot everything my brother Bong taught me the other day. Then came more arguments with my brother when it came to rules of play. He needed to convince me that his move was valid by explaining the rules especially on castling and en passant captures. I was not interested in the first place of the outcome of the game since I usually failed even reaching a mere draw. My brother Bong used to give me an odd of Queen, then two Rooks and then finally a Rook.
Years passed, I eventually learned the game. One day my brother Bong introduced a chess puzzle which was a three mover. It was my first time to see a chess puzzle. The position was Ke8, Ba1, Nh6/ Kh8, g7, h7 (as far as I remember the White King was arbitrarily put on e8 and e7). I had no idea who composed the problem but I was amazed when my brother demonstrated me the solution. Not until 2010, when I discovered the composer of my first chess puzzle: Alexander W. Galitzky, 1900. My second chess puzzle came again from my brother Bong although not certain whether the position was the same (or nearly the same) but essentially, the solution was. The position was Ka1, Ra4, Bg7, a7, c6/ Ka8, a3. Again I discovered in 2010 that the author was Francis P. Wenman, 1945.
My chess game did not improved however into a master level. But my passion to chess puzzles have significantly increased. I owe this a lot to my brother Bong who in my formative years impressed me of my admiration for the beauty of chess game and chess puzzles. Of course I also owe this to my brother Jun, Edward(Waldo) and Mario who themselves have been a chess player.
Enjoy and God bless!!