MANILA,
Dec. 9 (PNA) — Three members of the Philippine team which bagged the
silver medal in the recent Asian Games chess team competitions in
Guangzhou, China lead the list of players in the coming National
Inter-Cities and Municipalities chess team championship scheduled Dec.
18-19 at the People’s Astrodome in Dagupan City.

GMs
Wesley So, John Paul Gomez and Darwin Laylo will play top board for
their respective teams during the two-day team competition organized by
the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) in cooperation
with the Dagupan City government.

So
will carry the banner of Makati, which will be supported by Metro
Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino.

Gomez
will play for Quezon City, which will carry the banner of Local Water
Utilities Administration (LWUA)-A., while Laylo will carry the fight for
Mandaluyong City.

“The
entry of the three national players, who made the country proud in the
recent Asian Games, will add luster to the season-ending tournament,”
said NCFP president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay. “It will be a good
weekend for chess in Dagupan City.”

The two other national team members — GMs Rogelio Antonio Jr, and Eugene Torre — have not made themselves available yet.

Aside
from Makati, Quezon City and Mandaluyong, more than 30 other cities and
municipalities from various parts of the country have already confirmed
their participation in the tournament, which offers a guaranteed cash
prize of P70,000 to the champion.

Among
the early registrants are Angeles City, Bacolod, Bataan, Binangonan,
Bulacan, Cabanatuan, Camarines Sur, Cavite City-1, Cavite City-2,
Davao, Laoag, Quezon City-B, Quezon City-C, Quezon City-PNP, La Union-1,
la Union-2, Malabon, Muntinlupa, Naga, Nueva Ecija, Pasay, Pasig,
Palawan, Tagaytay, Tuguegarao, Valenzuela and Vigan.

The team managers meeting is set at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18, while the opening ceremony is scheduled at 1 p.m. on the same day.

The
champion in the prestigious, season-ending tournament will bring home
the top prize 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.

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