"HOME of Champions" Corpus Christi School will let its players play in support of the Fide-Rated Goldcrest Marketing Corporation 20-Under Chess Tournament on March 27-29 at the Green Lane 2nd floor of Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.
"It's a prestigious event and a big opportunity for our varsity chess players to showcase their talents in a competition like this. Most of the tournaments that will reward ratings internationally sa gawas or sa abroad ra gakahitabo. So, dili namo ni pakyason as much as possible," said Corpus parent Jeanny Ancheta, quoting the head coach of the Corpus Christi Knights.
"I agree that tournament like this with standard time control is the most prestigious one. Kon mapeldi, walay gyoy alibi kay taas kaayo ang time pang long game gyod," added another CCS parent Emmanuel Carrasco.
Prime to spearhead the CCS Knights' campaign are Palaro players David Rey Ancheta and Lorebina Carrasco II, as well as Euniel Grant Capilitan, Kenneth Caingin, the Gabing siblings (Charles and Bruce) in the company of Lance Magloyuan, Garcia, Libago, Bansiloy and the Maestrado sisters.
Consistent in promoting local chess development, the Goldcrest Marketing Corporation under the stewardship of National Master Roly Tan will offer over P50,000 in total cash prizes for the said event.
Tournament director, Fide master Rustum Tolentino, said the three-day chessfest will adopt the nine-round Swiss System format with standard time control of 60 minutes and 30 seconds increment.
The top three winners will receive P10,000, P9,000 and P8,000, while fourth up to 10th placer will get P7,000, P6,000, P5,000, P4,000, P3,000, P2,000 and P1,000 all with certificates.
Top female, top unrated and top kiddy will also be given with P1,000 each, also with certificates.
FM Tolentino, who runs the Masters Class Chess School in Cagayan de Oro alongside National Master Levi Mercado, said the participants shall not have a published Fide Rating of 2001 or more at the start of the tournament.