National master: Memorial Cup is here to stay

CAGAYAN DE ORO. National Master Roly Tan is seen here during the Masters Class Chess School kiddies tournament, early this year, at Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. (Lynde Salgados)

NOW thriving as top attraction for chess in Mindanao, National Master Roly Tan said the success cum "life span" of the annually-held Robert Tan Memorial Cup will depend on the kind of support shown by every Filipino chess player around the country.

"If the support is great, daghan permi ang mag-apil then maningkamot kita nga magpadayon ang Memorial Cup as tribute to my late brother Robert who was also an avid chess fan and supporter," said NM Tan of the sponsoring Goldcrest Marketing Corporation (GMC) and the man behind the creation of the first ever professional chess school in Cagayan de Oro, the Masters Class Chess School under the tutelage of fellow masters Rustum Tolentino and Levi Mercado.

Still in progress, the two-day 2nd Robert Tan Memorial Cup drew the top chess teams from Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao at the Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro, June 29-30.

It stakes a whooping P100,000 for the champion in team tourney and P30,000 top purse in the individual event.

The FIDE-rated tourney's team rivalry on three boards offers P70,000 and P45,000 plus trophies for the second and third placers. The fourth, fifth, sixth and 7th team finishers will receive P30,000, P20,000, P10,000 and P5,000 each.

Among the top chess acts competing include Grandmasters Darwin Laylo and Joey Antonio, GM candidate Oliver Dimakiling, GM-elect Ronald Dableo, IMs Emmanuel Garcia and Richelieu Salcedo III, National Masters David Elorta, Mercado, Tolentino and giant killers Lennon Hart Salgados, Johnnel Balquin, Antonio Chavez Jr., Jaime Joshua Frias II and Nazario Ubanan.


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