2nd NCFP/Scoop-Bacolod chess tourney set

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Friday, December 13, 2013

FOLLOWING the successful first edition of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines-Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (Scoop)-Bacolod Inc. joint venture held last March, the second edition is expected to be a bigger one scheduled to unfold at the Activity Center of the Gaisano Grand Bacolod mall.

Organizers said the event seeks to promote camaraderie among chess players in Bacolod and in the province. It will also help unite chess clubs in Negros Occidental by breaking the barriers that hindered the development of the sports in the province for many years, and to establish a harmonious atmosphere in the chess community.

Furthermore, a long-term chess program is most-likely to be implemented next year to benefit the chess community in the province.

The two categories to be competed are the Non-Master Open and the U-18 Juniors.

Prizes at stake in the Non-Master: champion P3,000 plus trophy and certificate; first runner-up P1,500 plus trophy and certificate; second runner-up P1,000 plus trophy and certificate); fourth to 10th placers P250 each plus certificate; and P400 plus certificate for the top female finisher.

For the U-18 Juniors division, the champion will take home P1,500 plus trophy and certificate); first runner-up, P1,000 plus trophy and certificate); second runner-up, P 800 plus trophy and certificate); fourth-10th placers, P150 each plus certificate; and P 250 plus certificate for the top female finisher. Registration fee is P250 for the Non-Master and P150 for the U-18 Juniors.

This NCFP-sanctioned tournament is supported by federation chairman Prospero Pichay; executive director grand master Jayson Gonzales, vice president for the Visayas Rep. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna partylist; Negros Occidental coordinator Edwin Llamo; and the City Government of Bacolod headed by Mayor Monico Puentevella.

Major sponsors are Gaisano Grand Bacolod, Merci Pasalubong, Central Negros Electric Cooperative, 2Go Travel and CDO Foodshere Inc. while donors include WBO international superflyweight champion “King” Arthur Villanueva, ST Bacolod Marketing, Petron-Talisay, Atty. Alex Abastillas, and Councilors El Cid Familiaran, Claudio Puentevella, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Anna Marie Palermo and Archie Baribar.

Tournament director is Dante Albao while media partners include Watchmen Daily Journal, Negros Daily Bulletin, Sports Manila.Net, Scoop-Manila and Scoop-Davao. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 13, 2013.


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