The Laguna Chess Team, bannered by International Master Angelo Abundo Young, Calamba champion Richie Jocson and former Laguna College of Business and Arts stalwart Spencer Real, leads the cast of early entries in the 1st South Luzon Chess Team Tournament slated on October 15, 2023 at Waltermart in Balibago, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.
“We hope to do well in this event,” said Young, an 8-time chess champion in Illinois, USA.
Young is fresh from winning the Grandparents Day Celebration Open Rapid Chess Tournament held on September 9, in Cubao, Quezon City.
The other title favorites in this rapid chess tournament are the Philippine Army-Cabuyao City team of National Master Vince Angelo Medina, Kevin Arquero and Paul Sanchez; the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE) team of Engr. Julian Paul Querubin, Engr. Ronald Donasco and Engr. Eric Frigillana; the Siniloan Chess Team of University of the East coach John Perzeus Orozco, Lee Roi Palma and Mark Gerald Reyes; and the King's Gambit Online School of FIDE Master Randy Segarra, Richard Villaseran and Jeremy Marticio
Calamaniugan-Larry Dumadag, meanwhile, will field three teams. Team A is composed of Harrison Maamo, Jon Christian Lesaca, and Jerry Areque; Team B is composed of National Master Noel de la Cruz, Ricardo Jimenez and John Lee Antonio; and Team C is composed of National Master Carlo Rosaupan, Ruther Barredo and Jonathan Docot.
Also joining are the Mapua Malayan Colleges of Laguna headed by Cabuyao's top juniors player Rey Julius Taguba, Vincent Avisa and Mark Justine Britanico; and the Marinduque Chess Team of Richard Pelaez, Aldrin Nazareno and Ronelo Lagra.
More than 50 teams from the National Capital Region, Central Luzon and Southern Luzon are expected to join.
The tournament is open to all provinces, cities, municipalities, companies, schools, associations and clubs with chess teams composed of three players each and an average FIDE rapid rating of 1950.
Organized by the Rotary Club of Nuvali (RCN) and Philippine Executive Chess Association, the rapid chess event offers P30,000 to the champion team, P20,000 to the first runner-up team and P15,000 to the second runner-up.
Teams are allowed to field a titled master on the top board.
Proceeds of the event will go to the “Bright Eyes, Bright Future” project of the RCN at Pulong Sta. Cruz Elementary School which aims to provide free eyeglasses to students with eyesight disorders.
The one-day chess tournament is supported by Chooks-to-Go, St. Peregrine Dental Clinic and Brookland Ventures, Inc.
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