MANILA,
Nov. 25 (PNA)–After it out for individual supremacy in the
recently-concluded Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE) Laguna
Open and Kiddie Rapid Chess Championship, the country’s chess players
return to action in the 1st Philippine Chess Knights League (PhilCheK)
rapid chess team championships on December 5 at the Pavilion Mall in
Biñan, Laguna.

The
said competition is being organized by the Philippine Academy for Chess
Excellence (PACE) under the guidance of two-time Olympian GM Jayson
Gonzales in close cooperation with Laguna Chess Association president
Ernie Gonzales and sportsman Dr. Alfredo Paez.

Trophies
and cash prizes are at stake in the Open category, Team Average rating
2050, with the winning team getting the top prize of P20,000 and a
trophy.

The runner-up and the third placer will receive P12,000 and P8,000, respectively.

Fourth to fifth placers as well the top junior team, top lady team and top Laguna team will receive P4,000 each.

Individual board medalists (board 1 to 6) get P500 each and gold medal.

Individual gold medalists from boards one to six will bring home P500 each and a gold medal.

The
participating teams must have an average rating of 2050 per team, with
only one titled player (GM, IM, FM and NM) allowed per squad.

Cabuyao
and Gptex Global Inc. head the list of teams, with Cabuyao being
bannered by FIDE Master Roderick Nava, Benry Boroc, Vicente Vargas, Roy
Manaloto and team manager Rico Virtucio.

Gptex
Global Inc. will be led by IM Emmanuel Senador, Rodolfo Panopio Jr.,
Allan Cantonjos, John Perzeus Orozco, Ernie Gonzales and team manager
Vic Gaspar.

Another
team, Dieco enigneering, will be topbilled by GM candidate and IM
Richard Bitoon, Roel Abelgas, Gary Legaspi, Richie Jocson and Team
Manager eng’r Jojo Volante.

Also included is Dasmarinas City chess team led by NM Marohom de Leon, Gabriel Paril, Jelvis Calvelo and Aldrin Malibiran.

Meanwhile,
Gptex-LCA kiddies which is composed of Christian Nanola, Michelle Yaon,
Carlo Perez, Jhoemar Mendiogarin, Vladimir Gonzales and team manager
Vic Gaspar is the top favorite in the kiddies 14- and -under category,
Team Average rating 1800.

Cabuyao-St.
Peregine Dental Clinic, on the other hand is anchored by Christian
Alcira, Ronnie Favis, John Mark Corteza, Jaypee Corteza, Rica Tabol and
team manager Sheila Paez.

Other
competing teams are Sta Rosa Lions, Tanuan kiddies, Letran Calamba
kiddies, De La Salle Canlubang , Jolly Smile and Dasmarinas city kiddies

PACE
officials Gonzales, Torre, Laguna Chess Association president Ernie
Gonzales and sportsman Dr. Alfredo Paez are expected to make the
ceremonial moves during the colorful opening ceremony set at 10 a.m.

National
Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President/ Chairman Prospero
“Butch” Pichay Jr. will deliver the inspirational remarks.

For
details, registration and submission of line-up contact Dr. Fred Paez
0921-2728172, 0916-4090022 email: rightmove2006@yahoo.com or Gina
Kobayashi at 473-7008, 0916-61695856 email: rpchessacademy@yahoo.com our
website: http://www.rpchessacademy.org. (PNA)
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