TWENTY teams, led by Buenaviel Construction and Nicolas-De Vega Law Office, have already expressed their intention to participate in the first-ever PCAP Inter-Commercial over-the-board chess team championships on Aug. 19, 20 and 26 at the Estancia Mall in Pasig City.
A project of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) in cooperation with the Pasig City govermment, the unique three-day tournament is open to all companies, organizations and government agencies.
“This is another major undertaking of the PCAP as part of our efforts to promote chess and give more opportunities for players to hone their skills,” said PCAP president-commissioner Atty.Paul Elauria.
Elauria, however, said the participating teams will be allowed to field only one grandmaster, one international master and atleast one homegrown or employees and members of the company, organization or agency.
At stake in the prestigious tournament are trophies and cash prizes, with the champion getting the lion’s share of P50,000.
The runner-up will receive P30,000, the third placer P20,000 and the fourth placer P10,000.
Entry fee is P5,000.
Also in the list of early registrants are PCWorx, ToastMasters, Ledda Farm, Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, UNESCO, Chester Concrodia Team, SUDECO/Petrochem, Richard Villaseran Team, Datamatics, Rotary Club, Philippine National Red Cross, PCCI, J. Legaspi Realty, Roel Abelgas Team, AI Express, Ay Aning Up Keep and Rising Phoenix.
Elauria said PCAP expects more companies and organizations to sign up in the coming days.
“We expect more companies, including those wiith strong chess program for their employees, to join the tournament,” added Elauria.
Last July 16, De la Salle-College of St. Benilde made chess history by becoming the first-ever PCAP Inter-school champion.
St. Benilde brought down Dasmariñas Integrated High School, 10.5-4.5, to capture the title and the top prize of P30,000.