MANILA,
Nov. 24 (PNA) — Dagupan, the ‘bangus’ capital of the Philippines, will
host the much-awaited 2010 National Inter-Cities and Municipalities
rapid chess team championship set December 18-19 at the People’s
Astrodome.

A
joint undertaking of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines
(NCFP) in cooperation with the Dagupan City government, the two-day
competition is expected to attract the country’s top players
representing select cities and municipalities.

NCFP
president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay and NCFP secretary-general
and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino have been invited to
personally attend the formal opening ceremony of the prestigious team
tournament.

Pichay
is expected to make the ceremonial moves along with Dagupan City Mayor
Benjamin S. Lim and city administrator Vladimir Mata.

“This
is another major chess competition in the NCFP calendar in the the year
about to end,” said Pichay, who tapped NCFP executive/events director
Willie Abalos to coordinate the preparations for the prestigious event.

”It
will also be a good opportunity for Manila-based players to come and
visit Dagupan, which is known as the regional market center of the
entire province of Pangasinan,” added Pichay.

Trophies
and cash prizes are at stake in the unique, nine-round Swiss
tournament, with the winning team getting the lion’s share of P70,000
and trophy.

The runner-up and the third placer will receive P50,000 and P30,000, respectively.

The fourth up to the 10th placers will get P25,000, P20,000, P10,000, P8,000, P7,000, P6,000 and P5,000, respectively.

Individual gold medalist from boards one to five will bring home P2,000 each.

The
participating teams must have an average rating of 2050 per team, with
only one titled player (GM, IM, FM and NM) allowed per team. All 1800
and below rating will be computed for 1800 for rating purposes.

Registration fee is P3,500 per team. Local government units ,may enter a maximum of three teams.

For
inquiries, call NCFP secretariat at tel. 02-3817224 or call or text
Abalos at cell. 0929-2266210 or Ilann Perez at cell 0905-3269576 or Ms.
Ana Mendoza of Dagupan City Maypr’s Office at cell . 0923-5127886 or
0939-3617282. (PNA)
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