Pinoy aces ready for World Junior Chess
READY and confident.
That’s how FIDE Master Mari Joseph Turqueza of San Sebastian College, Manila and Woman National Master Janelle Mae Frayna of Far Eastern University-FERN, Quezon City describe their condition for the World Junior and Girls Under-20 Chess Championships is set to start tomorrow, August 2 at the Hotel Vijay Park in Tamil Nadu, South India.
Turqueza, Frayna left the country Sunday, exactly two days before the first round of the prestigious tournament organized by the All India Chess Federation.
“We’re ready. We’ve been preparing long and hard for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play against the world’s junior best,” said Turqueza, the pride of V. Luna chess club in Quezon City.
“I will do my very best for flag and country,” said the Legaspi, Albay native Frayna, who settled for solo second in the National Chess Championship: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters (Women’s division) recently.
“These two players did very well during the Asean age-group chess championships in Tarakan, Indonesia, so it will not be a surprise if they will perform just as well in the World level,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president and chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr.
“We expect these young and talented players to perform well as usual and bring honors to the country,” added NCFP executive director Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales, the delegation head and coach.
Corazon Sonia Frayna, mother of Janelle Mae completing the four man Philippine team backed up by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
A total of 49 countries are participating, while the open category has attracted 125 players from 44 federations, the girls’ event has received 69 entries from 30 federations. Five countries namely, Georgia, Germany, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mangolia are taking part only in the championship for girls. The Junior event is one of the strongest championships in the FIDE activities.
The winner is eligible to receive GM title in the open section and WGM title in the girls’ section directly. An additional bonus awaits the gold medalist in the girls event, as she will also receive an IM norm.
Players scoring the same number of points as that of the gold medalist, will also be eligible for GM or WGM norms, as the case may be.
The silver and bronze medalists will get IM / WIM titles, irrespective of the points they score.
The country’s best finish in the tourney was recorded by GM Rogelio Barcenilla who won the bronze medal during the 1991 event in Romania.