guest PECA president Dr. Fred Paez joins TOPS president and People’s Tonight sports editor Ed Andaya and other guests in Thursday’s TOPS “Usapang Sports on Air” via Zoom

Chooks-to-Go tournament a ‘boost to local chess’

July 8, 2021 Ed Andaya 804 views

CHESS never stops even during the pandemic.

In fact, the Philippine Executive Chess Association (PECA), Rotary Club of Nuvali and Chooks-to-Go have again joined hands to organize the 4th Chooks-to-Go National Rapid Chess Championships on July 9-11 via Tornelo.

PECA president Dr. Fred Paez said the three-day fund-raising tournament will benefit not only the participants in all seven categories, but the local chess community as well.

“We believe in the Filipino chess players. We know we can really excel in the international stage in both over-the-board and online chess competitions,” said Paez during the “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) via Zoom yesterday.

“Even our sponsor, Mr. Ronald Mascarinas of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), which produces Chooks-to-Go, believes that Filipino chess players can excel,” explained Paez, who appeared in the weekly forum together with Rotary Club of Nuvali president Sam Balboa.

“This is actually our fourth year organizing tge tournament. But unlike the first three editions which were held in Laguna, Muntinlupa and Pasay over the board, we’ll do it now online due to the pandemic.”

Paez, who also manages PCAP All-Filipino champion Laguna Heroes, takes pride in putting up a total cash prize of P500,000 in the tournament.

“Even compared to cash prizes of regular over-the-board comperitions, this is the biggest in recent years courtesy of Chooks-to-Go. Malaking tulong ito sa mga players natin, lalo ngayong may pandemic,” explained Paez in the weekly sports program sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

Paez said top players, led by GMs Rogelio Barcenilla Jr. , Mark Paragua and Oliver Barbosa, will lead the participants in the Open division.

Also in the early list of participants are former Asian junior champion IM Ricardo de Guzman, IM Barlo Nadera, FM David Elorta, FM Nelson Mariano III, FM Randy Segarra, NM Glennen Artuz, AGM Dandel Fernandez, AGM Henry Lopez and Roel Abelgas.

At stake in the prestigious tournament sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) is a guaranteed cash prize of more than P500,000.

The champion in the Open Divisison will bring home the lion’s share of P100,000.

The runner-up will receive P75,000, the third placer will pocket P50,000, the fourth placer P30,000 and the fifth placer P25,000.

The sixth up to the 10th placers will get P10,000.

Also receiving cash prize s of P10,000 each are the Top Under 2100 and below player, Top Under 2000 and below, Top Under1900 and below, Top Under 1800 and below and Top 1700 and below.

In the Women’s and Executive divisions, the champion will pocket P10,000, the runner-up P7,000, the third placer P5,000, the fourth placer P3,000, fifth placer P2,000 and the sixth up to the 10th placers P1,000 each.

The Junior Boys and Junior Girls top finishers will receive P7,000 (champion), P5,000 (runner-up), P3,000 (third placer), P2,000 (fourth placer), and P1,000 (fifth placer).