MANILA, Philippines – The National Press Club (NPC) media chess tournament commemorating the infamous “Maguindanao massacre” will begin on Saturday at the Plaridel Hall of the NPC Building in Intramuros, Manila.

The two-day event, dubbed as “Massacre in November Chess Tournament,” pays tribute to the 32 journalists who were among those who were slain on November 23, 2009 in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, whose wife was among the massacre victims, and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., will open the event with ceremonial moves when the tournament kicks off at 2 p.m.

Overseeing the event is NPC President Jerry Yap and tournament organizer Atty. Toto Causing.

All journalists who are not rated by FIDE and NCFP are welcome to take part in the event, free of registration.

The tournament offers:
· P5,000 to the champion
· P4,000 to the runner-up
· P3,000 to the third-place finisher
· P2,000 to the fourth-place finisher
· P1,000 to the fifth-place finisher

All those who end up in 6th to 10th place shall receive P500 each, while top senior and female players shall receive an additional P500 each. – By Marlon Bernardino