PACE Open lures RP’s GMs

SUPER grandmaster Wesley So lead a starry cast of topnotch players in the PACE Tuguegarao Open Chess festival which open shops today in Tuguegarao.

The country’s highest-rated player with an ELO rating of 2668 play against a group of heavyweight and upcoming players in the tourney sponsored by the Compuserve Land Surveying Company of Engineers Abraham Cuaresma and A-Bee’z Express Travel and Tours of Ma. Theresa Cuaresma.

Also participating in the nine rounds swiss system Open tournament are GMs John Paul Gomez and Darwin Laylo while Eugene Torre and Jayson Gonzales and International Master Yves Rañola will hold simultaneous exhibitions against 30 players each.

So, Gomez and Laylo were part of the national team that competed in the recently concluded World Chess Olympiad in Russia. As expected, they are favorites in this event that has a champion prize of  P100, 000.

Gonzales, the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE) president, said the event is jointly organized by engineer-couple of Abraham and Ma. Theresa Cuaresma.

“The Cuaresmas want to focus on the grassroots development in the holding of  PACE Open Chess Festival in Tuguegarao is a fitting start,” said Gonzales.

“We want to help PACE and GM Gonzales in his desire to nurture a new generation of chess hopefuls,” said the Cuaresmas, whose eldest son, seven-year-old Abel Isaac, is a PACE member.

Aside from the simul matches, Gonzales, Torre and Ranola will also hold clinics for kiddies or those who are 14 years old and below, whose participants will have a side tournament of their own.

The kiddies’ champion will get P5,000, runner-up P3,000 and third P2,000, on top of handsome trophies courtesy of the organizes, while the Open champion gets P20,000, second placer P15,000 and third P8,000 plus trophies, he added. Elech Dawa

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