The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has conferred Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and PhilCycling President Bambol Tolentino as Honorary Member during its congress concurrent with the 44th Chess Olympiad recently in Chennai, India.

Tolentino was accorded the FIDE recognition for his “special contribution to the world of chess.”

“It’s an honor to be conferred such award from the FIDE, but this honor is not for me personally, but for Philippine chess, Philippine sports and the entire country in general,” said

Tolentino served as FIDE secretary-general during his term as president of the FIDE Southeast Asian Zone.

“It was also an honor to have served the FIDE, one of the international federations with the most number of member countries.”

Tolentino also served as secretary general of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) before yielding the post to give way to young bloods during the recent elections of the association.

The other FIDE awardees are Prof. Kurt Jungwirth of Austria, European Chess Union President from 1990 to 1998; Jorge Vega of Mexico, American Confederation cresident from 2002 to 2022; and Grandmasters Vlastimil Hort of Germany and Slim Bouaziz of Tunisia.

Source: Manila Bulletin (