Chess Grandmasters return to Kidapawan for 10th Open Chess tourney

THE KIDAPAWAN Chess Club, Inc., through its President Dr. Ted P. Calica, announced that Grandmaster Darwin Laylo, GM-elect Ronald Dableo and International Master Oliver Dimakiling have confirmed their participation in the 10th Kidapawan Open Chess Championship February 3 and 4, 2018 at the Kidapawan Convention Center.

 “This year’s tournament is extra special. It is the 10th year of the Kidapawan Open Chess Championship and the City of Kidapawan is likewise celebrating its 20th Founding Year as a city. We are thus grateful that the City Government, through Mayor Joseph Evangelista, had early on expressed its utmost support to this annual chess tourney, which is awaited by chess players not only in Mindanao, but also in the entire Philippines”, said Dr. Calica. “We have thus extended invitations to top chess players in the Philippines to participate in this event and we are glad that GMs Laylo and Dableo and IM Dimakiling have expressed their readiness to do battle with the local chess players of Mindanao,” he added.

 The Kidapawan Chess Club hopes that other chess masters and enthusiasts from all over the country will compete in the tournament. Previous champions of the tourney include IM-elect and local bet Edgar Reggie Olay, GM Oliver Barbosa, IM Dimakiling, and Davao City’s Reynaldo Gempero, Jr., among others.

 Davao City’s bet, Jason Salubre, will defend his title which he won last year during the 9th edition, edging out Davao del Norte’s Henry Roger Lopez, Manila’s National Master Emmanuel Esperado and Cagayan de Oro City’s Jhonnel Balquin. Mindanao National Masters led by Bob Jones Liwagon, Alexander Lupian and Macacuna Macala are also expected to provide stiff opposition to our chess grandmasters.

 Around 100 chess players from all over Mindanao and other parts of the country are expected to participate in this year’s tourney, especially as the organizers, the Kidapawan Chess Club, Inc. and Batch 85 – Notre Dame of Kidapawan for Boys and Girls HS Alumni Association, Inc., have announced that the champion’s purse will be increased to P25,000, plus a medal, specifically for this year’s event. The 1st runner up will receive P20,000 plus medal, 2nd runner up P15,000.00 plus medal and 3rd runner up P10,000 plus medal. Cash prizes also await placers from 4th runner up to 9th runner up, specifically P7,000; P5,000; P3,000; P2,000; P1,500; P1,000; and P500. Special awards and medals will also be given to the Best Kiddie Player, Best Junior Player, and Best Female Player.

 “We have reached a milestone in Kidapawan Chess as this is the 10th consecutive year that we are organizing the Kidapawan Open Chess Championship. This is one of the longest running chess tourney in the country and we hope to continue it through the years to help provide a venue for local chess players to train and hone their skills and, most importantly, compete with the top players in the country,” Calica said.

 The Kidapawan Open Chess Championship is a nine-round Swiss System Open Tournament with time control of 30 minutes for each player for the entire game. The event is a brainchild of the Kidapawan Chess Club, Inc. under the leadership of its President, Dr. Calica, and is organized in coordination with the Kidapawan City Government, and Batch 85 – Notre Dame of Kidapawan Boys and Girls HS Alumni Association, Inc..

           “The 10th Kidapawan Open Chess Championship is one of the events opening the 20th Foundation Anniversary Celebration of Kidapawan City”, City Tourism Officer Joey Recimilla intimated. “It draws to Kidapawan City not only chess players in Mindanao but top players all over the country. We are thus proud to host them here in our home city.”

 Other activities slated for the City Founding celebration are a Thematic Costume Parade, Agro-Trade Exhibit, Acrobatic Show, Drum and Lyre Competition, Culinary Arts Festival, and Inter-School Music and Dance Festival. Kidapawan City will also aspire anew to gain another Guinness World Record for the Largest Samba Dance. Earlier, Kidapawan City was confirmed by Guinness to have the largest number of performers in a 5-minute Cha Cha dance, specifically 14,275, besting Singapore.

 Registration for the 10th Kidapawan Chess Open Championship is ongoing. It is open to all Filipino players of all ages, rated or non-rated, male or female, residing anywhere in the Philippines. A registration fee of P400 will be required from each player residing outside Kidapawan City. Kidapawan City players will pay P200 only. Players are encouraged to bring chess set/s and chess clock/s during the tournament.

 Deadline for registration is on February 3, 2014, 9 a.m. You may contact the following persons: Dr. Ted P. Calica-President Kidapawan Chess Club, Inc. (0947-0226007/(064)577-5746), Michael Vic Artieda (0946-0104180) and Chief Arbiter Alfred Moulic (0942-3844915).

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