La Union Open returns after 4-year hiatus

THE country’s top players will converge at the Ortega Gym in San Fernando City, La Union to compete in a landmark event in Philippine chess.

This year’s staging of the La Union Open beginning Monday (March 12) marks the first time in local chess that a rapid chess tournament will be rated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

“We’re taking advantage of FIDE’s promotion this year of giving free rating for rapid events,” said organizer and tournament director Joseph A. Dumuk.

The tournament won by Grandmaster Eugene Torre in its last staging is making a return after a four-year hiatus.

Each player will be given 25 minutes and a 10-second increment.

The four-day 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 Dumuk at 0916-5551993. Noli Cruz

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