RIC Raymund de la Peña and US Master Rodrigo Atotubo scored the shortest win against separate opponents in the opening games of the 2010 George S. Aguirre/Atty. Eugenio Villasor Villa-nueva, Jr. (GAEV) Memorial Negros Open Individual Chess Championship held at the Ang Sugbahan-Top's Millennium Plaza Bowling Lanes, Inc., along 10th-Hilado Streets, Bacolod City during the weekends.

De la Peña, seeded No. 76 defeated Marvin Flint Desa-bille in ten moves of Reti Opening, while Atotubo did it against Seeded No. 67 Ezekiel Cataluña in 13 moves of Irregular Opening.

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The two will advance to the next round on Saturday, August 28, along with 43 other participants after hurdling their respective matches. De la Peña is facing Seeded No. 55 Renato Anoran, who beat Jude Andrew Soliman in 41 moves of French defense, on Board 8. No. 1 seed, Atotubo will face Lester Franz Andador, the Kiddies' topnotcher in Board No. 1. Andador beat Edwin Pres-cion in 36 moves of King's Gambit Declined.

Eleven matches were defaulted for no-show during opening ceremony.

At stake in the Open Category is the top prize of P6,000 plus 42-inch four-legged trophy donated by First Community Bank (Rural Bank), Inc. through its president Mr. Lawrence D. Villanueva; P5,000 plus 36-inch four-legged "Queen" trophy donated by Mr. Antonio Ivan S. Aguirre, CPA, CFE, CSI, MBA for 1st runner-up; P3,500 plus 30-inch, four-legged "Rook" trophy donated by the Center Clinical Trials, LLC (Dr. Catalina S. Villanueva, M.D.) for 2nd runner-up; P2,500 plus 27-inch "Bis-hop" trophy donated by Ms. Leah N. Aguirre for 3rd runner-up and P1,000 plus 24-inch four-legged "Knight" trophy donated by Chess-bake Engineering Group of Engr. Hugo Villanueva, PE.

The 6th to 25th places will receive each Eureka chess sets with chess mats and bags donated by Mr. Alexander Fomenko.

Top scorers in the Kiddies will also get their rewards of P700 plus gold chess medal for 1st place donated by Dr. Jesus D. Villanueva, M.D. and Ray-mund D. Villanueva; P500 plus silver chess medal donated by Ms. May Jo Aguirre for second place; and P300 plus bronze chess medal donated by Atty. Joselito Gonzaga Magapan and Sonia N. Magapan for 3rd place.

The top three scorers in the women's division will also get their rewards of P1,000 plus gold chess medal donated Dr. Elvira G. Ramos for 1st place; P600 plus silver chess medal donated by Atty. Susan D. Villanueva and Atty. Joey Ochave Law Office for 2nd place; and P400 plus bronze chess medal donated by Anthony Leo N. Aguirre for 3rd place.

This seven-round Swiss System event is organized by Game Royale Aficionados of Negros, Inc. (GR-ANI) headed by Dr. Alfonso Teorima and sponsored by US-based chess patrons Antonio Ivan Aguirre and Engineer Hugo Villanueva. (with reports from Scoop-Bacolod)