MANILA, Philippines – Cavite 7th district Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino was voted secretary general of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) during its elections held on Monday in Tromso, Norway, which is hosting the 41st Chess Olympiad.
The former mayor of Tagaytay City was in the ticket of incumbent FIDE president Kirzan Ilyumzhinov, who defeated former world champion Garry Kasparov by a score of 110 to 61 in the secret balloting.
Tolentino, the president of Asian Zone 3.3 and secretary general of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, beat incumbent FIDE secretary general Ignatius Leong of Singapore.
A sportsman, Tolentino is also the president of PhilCycling and has hosted several international events in Tagaytay.
Aside from Tolentino, other members of Team Ilyumzhinov which swept the polls were Georgios Makropoulos, who remained deputy president, Aguinaldo Jaime (vice president), Martha Fierro Baquero (vice president) and Adrial Siegel (treasurer).
According to Tolentino, he will relinquish the Asian Zone 3.3 presidency in favor of the Vietnam Chess Federation, when his term as FIDE secretary general starts.
One of the casualties of Team Ilyumzhinov's juggernaut was NCFP chairman and president Prospero "Butch" Pichay, who failed to dislodge Sheik Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nehyan from the Asian Chess Federation presidency.