Torre, Paragua set to grace Palmera Springs 1 chess tourney

ASIA’S first grandmaster Eugene Torre is looking forward to meeting young chess players as the 1st Palmera Springs 1-Camarin 2050-below Non-Master Chess Championship gets underway on Saturday, August 6, at the Covered Court of Palmera Springs 1 along Camarin Road, Caloocan City.

“As a veteran chess player, I’m looking forward to interacting with young chess players in every tournament that I visit, because they are the future of Philippine chess,” said  Torre,  who became a full-pledged GM at age 22.

Torre, together with World Cup qualifier and fellow GM Mark Paragua will be the special guests in the one-day tournament, which starts with a simple opening ceremony at 9 a.m.  Registration starts at 8 a.m., while the first round of the 7-round Swiss system tournament starts promptly at 10 a.m.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines president and chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay has also been invited as keynote speaker.

Members of other chess clubs and students from the elementary, high school and college levels are invited to join the NCFP-sanctioned tournament, which accepts all unrated players and those rated 2050-below.

Major backers for the tournament are the Philippine Sports Commission, Royal King Bren, the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE) headed by GM Jayson Gonzales, and Mr. Tony Fabico.

The tournament offers P5,000 to the champion,  P3,000 to the runner-up and P1,500 for the third placer. Category winners in the kiddies,  ladies,  unrated and seniors division will receive P700 each.

Registration fee is pegged at P250.000 for non-students and P200 for students and kiddies.  Chief arbiter is IA Gene Poliarco.

For more details, contact Arman Armero at 0999-178-1220 or Sergio Opeda at tel. 475-7149/0918-4544837. Elech Dawa

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