PH team upbeat in HD Open

FILIPINO Grandmaster (GM) Roland “Kulot” Salvador heads the star-studded RP Team in the 1st HD Bank Cup Open Chess Tournament which starts Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam.  The technical meeting and draw of lots is set Monday.

“I hope to do well in this event,” said RP’s ranked no.3 Salvador whose Elo Fide rating is 2533.

“My aim is to improve my Elo Fide rating here in Vietnam,” added the former Rizal Technological University (RTU) Mandaluyong City standout.

The tournament shall be conducted as a Swiss System competition of 9 rounds and will be played according to FIDE regulations. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offers below 30 moves shall not be allowed.

Also included in the team were GMs Darwin Laylo, John Paul Gomez, IMs Richard Bitoon, Oliver Barbosa, Kim Steven Yap and Oliver Dimakiling, FM Haridas Pascua, NMs Emmanuel Senador and Egdar Reggie Olay, Rodolfo Panopio Jr. and Merben Roque.

Among the renowned players vying for the top prize of $6,000 are GMs Le Quang Liem (2689), Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2628) and Cao Sang (2547) of Vietnam, GMs Yu Yangyi (2606), Zhao Jun (2606) and Zhou Weiqi (2595) of China. Liberty Icao

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