Chess simul for 3 young woodpushers

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


THREE local chess players now making headlines not only in the country but internationally will be the center of attention when they play against at least 60 chess players next month.

The Right Move: Three Against Many, a Chess Simul will showcase the chess skills of Haridas Pascua, Bea Mendoza and Brylle Gever Vinluan who are expected to meet local businessmen, residents, professionals and members of civic organizations.

The four-hour, one day event slated a few days after class opening will see Pascua playing white against a minimum of 30 players, even as his younger counterparts also from the University of Baguio will have 15 each.

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“We have to prepare the kids to play, especially Bea who will have her first simul games,” said trainor Ronaldo Alvez.

The three are expected to have a busy year where they will compete in foreign lands and resources have been low, said Pascua’s father Gilbert.

“We need help to make good Hari’s pursuit of the three Grand Master norms in the hope to become the 18th Filipino to achieve the feat,” said the older Pascua.

The event will see the three have their own bank accounts where money raised from events like the chess simul will be directly deposited. Interested and invited players will actually fill up a bank deposit slip. Entry fee to the event is P1,000 per person.

“It was a plea from Hari’s father that made me conceive the four-hour event,” said the sports writer.

Newly minted International Master Haridas Pascua is aiming to get the first of the three norms to be a Grand Master by competing in major chess tournaments internationally and FIDE sanctioned events in the country.

Pascua is the second of a then strong young chess duo that include now super GM Wesley So, who may get an American citizenship to fulfill his dream to become a world champion.

The UB IT senior aims to follow his friend and former teammate’s footsteps and become the 18th Filipino GM.

Mendoza is a 12-year-old incoming Grade 8 at the University of Baguio and recently competed in the Macau Asean+ Age Group Championship where she helped the three girls Under 14 team take two silvers and one bronze in standard, rapid and blitz competitions.

Mendoza recently topped the National Selection of the Youth Championship Girls 14-under that earned her a ticket to India on November for the Asian Youth Championship. She is also flying to Durban, South Africa late September for the World Youth Championship.

Vinluan is a 14-year-old UB high school who recently took the gold in Rapid chess of the Asean+ Age Group Championship in Macau, China where he also helped the three boys squad win two golds in the 16-under rapid and blitz chess.

Vinluan also topped the National Selection of the Youth Championship Boys 16-under that earned him a ticket to India on November for the Asian Youth Championship. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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