FIDE-rated rapid chess set in La Union

THE city of San Fernando will host a landmark in Philippine chess history as the 7th La Union Open Chess Championship unfolds on Monday (March 12) at the Ortega Gym.

It will mark the first time in Philippine chess history that at rapid chess tournament will be rated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The four-day rapid chess competition sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) offers P50,000 to the champion, P25,000 to second and P15,000 to third. There will be prizes down to the 50th placer.

Also at stake in the event supported by Governor Manuel C. Ortega of La Union, Mayor Pablo C. Ortega of San Fernando City, Rep. Victor F. Ortega, Abono Partylist Rep. Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega and official hotel Villa Estrella Resort are the prizes for the top non-master; top lady, senior (above 50 years old), junior (15 to 20 years old) and kiddie (14 years old and below); and the top three players from La Union.

For inquiries, contact organizer/tournament director Joseph A. Dumuk at 0916-5551993. Noli Cruz

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