Inter-cities, age-group grand final begin tomorrow

THE 2011 National Inter-Cities and Municipalities Chess Team Championship opens tomorrow (November 4) at the Pavilion Event Center in Tanauan City, Batangas.

Tagaytay City is the early favorite to win with Grandmaster Wesley So and National Master Edmundo Gatus manning the top two boards.

The first round will commence right after the opening ceremony beginning 8:30 a.m.

The other fancied teams in the event are GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio’s Mandaluyong City, GM Darwin Laylo’s Misamis Oriental, GM John Paul Gomez’s Tagbilaran City, GM-elect Oliver Barbosa’s Tanauan City, GM-elect Richard Bitoon’s Tandag City and IM-elect Richelieu Salcedo’s of FEU-Manila.

The event will coincide with the grand final of the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE)-National Chess Academy (NCA) and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) 2011 Age-Group Chess Championships.

“The inter-cities and municipalities is one of the most anticipated events in our calendar,” said NCFP president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay. “It’s a great warp-up event for our top players before they compete in the Southeast Asian Games.”

A total of 277 grand finalists from all over the country are expected to see action in four age brackets – 17-under, 14-under, 11-under and 8-under.

The grand final will be the basis for selection of the Philippine national youth team that will compete in the Singapore Youth Festival Chess Championships on December 26- 31 in Singapore.

“We are very excited to host a couple of big events in chess at the same time,” said Tanauan Economic Council executive director, Atty. Ruel Canobas. “This event gives the future of Philippine chess a chance to see our best players in action.”

NCFP executive director GM Jayson Gonzales will supervise the event along with chief arbiter IA Gene Poliarco.

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