Chess Gov. Oaminal Chess 7-in-1 Festival.

All set for Ozamiz 7-in-1 chessfest

October 5, 2023 Ed Andaya 1238 views

OZAMIZ, the beautiful and enchanting city in the heart of Misamis Occidental Province, will become chess capital of the country for three days in November.

Dubbed as the first Gov. Henry S. Oaminal Chess 7-in-1 Festival”, the prestigious event will bring together the country’s leading masters and non-masters for three days of fun and excitement to celebrate chess and the people in this “Gateway to Northwestern Mindanao.”

Venue of the event, which will be held as part of the 94th Provincial Anniversary Celebrations, is the Ozamiz City Auditorium.

The highlights of the festivities is the Simultaneous Chess Exhibition Matches with Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre and GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. and the “Armageddon: Battle of Philippine Champions”, which will be participated in by 12 of the country’s top players.

The other five events in the 7-in-1 program are the Gov. Oaminal rapid and blitz individual and team championships with guaranteed cash prizes of P500,000 in four different categories; the PCAP National Championship; the Age-Group chess championship with packages of simul, lecture and tournament for children; the 15-board Visayas versus Mindanao Duel; and the inaugural Mindanao Executive chess tournament.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Director and Asenso Misamis Occidental Chess Association (AMOFCA) President Rey Crisologo Urbiztondo, the main organizer of the 7-in-1 event. said Ozamiz City is ready.

“Ozamiz City, through Gov. Oaminal, is ready to put its best face to welcome chess players and participants in the three-day festivities,” said Urbiztondo, also the team owner of Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates in the PCAP and Surigao Diamond Knights in the PCL.

“Ozamiz, which is noted for its stunning travel destinations and delectable food offerings. is ready. This will also serve as a good avenue for pormoting grassroots development and recognition of chess competitions in the country,” added Urbiztondo, who is best remembered for his runner-up finish behind GM Errico Sevillano in the 1983 Cebu All Students Chess Championships.

Assisting Urbiztondo in the event are Joselito Dormitorio and other Mindanao-based chess executives.