The typhoon and flooding is over in the Metro Manila area and chess events is back in the groove. The first that brought to our notice is Philweb-Human Plus Executive Chess tournament.
REPORT BY: MARLON BERNARDINO
BUSY private and public executives and professional will have the chance to relax and showcase their chess talent and skill this coming weekend.
The 9th leg of the 2009 Philweb–Human Plus National Executive Grand Prix Active Chess Championships opens at 1 p.m. on October 17 at the Human Resources Conference Room, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Elliptical Road, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.
Organized by the Philippine Association of Chess Executives (PACE), the 25-minute time control, one-day event will be hosted by DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, Director Nelia Manahan of Bureau of Agrarian Reform Information and Education (BARIE), DAR Employees Association president Nanette Pascual, DAR employee Lito Dormitorio and Philweb Corporation.
There are two divisions: Group A: Those with 2000 & above latest National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP)Active Rating (Swiss System) and executive National Masters (NMs) and FIDE Masters.
Group B: Those with 1999 & below latest NCFP Active Rating (Swiss System 5, 6, or 7 rounds depending on the number of participants).
In the Grand Prix standings, RP six-time executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor, a dentist, leads in Group A while lawyer Cliburn Orbe tows the pack in Group B.
Prizes up for grabs are: Group A & Group B: 6 or 7 Rounds Swiss System champion: P5,000 plus trophy & 20 Grand Prix points;
Second placer: P2,000 plus trophy & 19 Grand Prix points; P1,000 plus medal & 17 Grand Prix points; fourth: P500 plus medal & 17 Grand Prix points; fifth: 16 Grand Prix points; sixth: 15 Grand prix points; seventh: 14 Grand Prix points; and so on up to 20th place.
Registration fee:Group A: P1,000, Group B: P700
Big Prizes await the 16 Grand Finalists in December, with free lunch and snacks served during the tournament.