MANILA, Philippines – The National Press Club (NPC) will hold a chess tournament on November 27 and 28 in commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre.

The event, dubbed “Massacre in November Chess Tournament,” will honor the 57 massacre victims, including the slain journalists.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero “Butch” Pichay is scheduled to deliver an inspirational talk during the opening ceremonies of the tournament.

In his letter to Pichay, tournament organizer Toto Causing said: “It [tournament] may be similar to the struggle of freedom and justice by great chess players from the pangs of communism in the former USSR, the struggle of freedom and justice by the legendary Bobby Fischer.”

Fifty-seven people were killed in the massacre which took place in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province on the morning of November 23, 2009.

The chess competition will take place at Plaridel Hall of the NPC Bldg. in Intramuros, Manila.

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

The tournament offers P5,000 to the winning player. The runner-up gets P4,000; the third placer gets P3,000; the fourth placer gets P2,000; and the fifth gets P1,000. — By Marlon Bernardino