Yap hopes to wean Cebuano players from ‘active chess’

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Friday, July 11, 2014


TO address the lack of experience of Cebuano players in classical matches, IM Kim Steven Yap is hosting a Cebu Open Championship at the Cebu School of Chess.

According to Yap, Cebuano players are used to games with short time controls. These games require quick movements and sometime lead to blunders.

“My purpose for this event is to follow the international standard. Our players tend to break in long games because they are used to quick time controls. Only a few can sustain long games. I want to to train them for long tournaments, that is why I am organizing this Cebu Open which will follow the standard time control of one hour and thirty minutes with 30-second increments for each player,” Yap told Sun.Star Cebu.

Most tournaments in Cebu follow the rapid time control of 25 minutes per match.

In order to achieve this objective, Yap has organized the Cebu Kiddies and Cebu Juniors Championships which follows the standard time control.

The Kiddies have completed three qualifying events, while the Juniors have two already with the top two players advancing to the Grand Finals in December.

On Monday, Yap will hold the first qualifying event for the 7-Round Swiss System Cebu Open tournament.

One round will be played each day, starting at 6 p.m, with the top two finishers getting a slot to the grand finals.

The winner in each qualifying event will go home with P3,000 and the the runner-up will pocket P1,000. The third and fourth placers will get P500 and 300, respectively, while the top female player will get P300.

Registration fee is free for GMs and IMs and P150 for the Cebu School of Chess members and titled players (FMs and NMs). The 16-Under players and non-members will pay P200.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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