Torre eyes repeat in La Union Open

GRANDMASTER Eugene Torre has always been known as a cunning old genius in classical game. He’s not quite as good in the faster, rockstar-type of play.

But don’t count him out in rapid competition as he tries to defend his title in the 7th La Union Open beginning Monday (March 12) at the Ortega Gym in San Fernando, La Union.

“I’ve been working on my rapid game the past few years,” related Torre. “Chess, like any other sports, is evolving. As a professional player, we have to learn how to adapt with the changes in our game.”

He won the 6th edition of the competition in 2007 using the long game format.

This year’s tournament aims to help local players acclimatize with the faster play. Each player will be given 25 minutes and 10-second increment per move, the prevailing rapid format used by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

It will also mark the first time in Philippine chess that a rapid tournament will be rated by FIDE.

“Part na ng world competition ang rapid. Sa match plays like the World Cup rapid ang ginagamit in case of a tie sa long game,” noted organizer and tournament director Joseph A. Dumuk.

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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