The 1st Florencio Campomanes memorial tournament is currently underway at Ninoy Aquino Stadium here in Manila. Three rounds have already been played and two Chinese grandmasters are holding the top of the leader board with perfect 3.0 points, GMs Jianchou Zhou (2668) and Jun Zhao. There are three categories being played. The Open, Women's, and Challengers. This is a $100,000 tournament, making it one of the richest elsewhere where the winner in the Open section will received a pay check of $10,000.
We are present in the opening ceremony last Saturday and no other than the FIDE boss himself, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov graced the ceremony with other top ranking chess officials such as FIDE Secretary General, Ignatius Long and National Chess Federations of the Philippines boss, Prospero Pichay Jr as well as local some sport leaders and Campo's children.
We have taken lots and lots of pictures from the opening day and we will post the rest of the pictures here as soon as we've done selecting and editing them, a thing that occupied us for most of the time since Saturday night, also some detail and honest observation from the opening day so better watch out for that in the coming days. For the meantime, here's important links of the 1st Campo memorial.
Rankings after round 3
Round 1 to 3 results
Round 4 pairings
Here he is. The most powerful man in chess is in the house. Never been this closed to a man of such status in chess. Not to mention that he is a multi millionaire and the president of Republic of Kalmykia!
Upon his arrival, he was greeted by local sport officials while acknowledging the applause from the crowd and players.