Rosario "Charito" Bandal (inset) was one of the top female chess players in the Philippines. Photos: Facebook, iStock

Rosario “Charito” Bandal, who was one of the stars of the chess circuit in the Philippines, has died in Calbayog City, Samar province. She was 78.

Bandal was the eldest daughter of Rosendo Bandal Sr., who won the country’s National Chess Championship in 1950, Rappler reported.

She and her three younger brothers took part in numerous chess competitions in the Philippines before she became one of the leading female players.

During the 1970s, she was a regular in major chess events in the country and finished second in the National Chess Championship to Lita Alvarez.

But in 1976 she failed to qualify for the first all-female team to represent the Philippines in the 22nd Chess Olympiad in Haifa, Israel. Despite the setback, she continued to play the game she loved.

She later worked as an assistant to the chief prosecutor in Manila City Hall and the Regional Trial Court Judge in Gandara, Samar.