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Chess players of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in Guam Echecs’ Inaugural Chess Tournament scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 5 and 6 at the center court of the Micronesia Mall.
Guam Echecs’ board member Angelo Villanueva said the club decided to host a competition after he received several inquiries from chess enthusiasts about when a tournament would be held. Echecs is the French word for chess, and the World Chess Federation, the sport’s governing body, is based in Paris.
“I got kids from different organizations that (asked) what happened to the chess tournaments,” Villanueva said.
The last chess tournament was held more than a year ago, and the group that put on the tournament has since dissolved, according to Villanueva.
“The founder of the organization vacated his position and he is no longer on the island,” he said.
Participants will be divided into three age divisions: adult, junior and youth. The adult division is for competitors 18 and older and the fee to register is $25. The registration fee for the junior division is $15 and the fee for the youth division is $11. The junior division is for competitors between the ages of 12 and 17, while the youth division is for competitors 11 and younger.
The deadline to register is Feb. 3. Interested participants can register on the second floor of the McDonald’s in Harmon between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. from Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.
As this is the inaugural tournament, Villanueva added that competitors are not going to be ranked prior to entering the event, but he is hoping to get players ranked in the World Chess Federation in the future. He also said the tournament will be conducted under the chess federation’s rules.
Guam Echecs was founded in August of last year and currently has 32 members, including Villanueva. He has been playing chess for more than 20 years and appreciates how the game has the ability to draw several emotions from its participants.
“It brings out your quiet side, your humble side. It also brings out your aggressiveness,” Villanueva said.
For more information about the tournament contact Ryan Leon Guerrero at 788-1631.