8th Kidapawan chess tourney set

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Organizers of the 8th Kidapawan Open Chess Championship are expecting around 150 players from all over the Philippines to compete in the two-day tournament at the Kidapawan Convention Center from February 6 to 7.

Speaking during Thursday’s Davao Sportswriters’ Association (DSA) Forum at SM City, Jojo Palero, chief arbiter of the chess tournament, said that they are expecting chess players from Davao City, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro City, Bacolod City, and Manila to come and compete in the tournament to be held in time for the Kidapawan City foundation anniversary.

“The tournament is open to all Filipino players of all ages, rated or non-rated, male or female, residing anywhere in the Philippines,” he said.

He explained that the tournament has two categories, namely: open and 15-under categories.

It has a registration fee of P300 for adult players coming from outside Kidapawan, P200 for local players, and P100 for the junior and kiddie players.

Registration opened last January 4 and will end on February 6.

Ely Acas, deputy chief arbiter, said a Fide Laws of Chess will apply, except otherwise provided.

He added that the chess game has a defaulting time of 15 minutes after each round.

Palero added that bigger prizes await winners.

For open category, P15,000 be awarded to the champion, P10,000 to the first runner-up, and P5,000 to the second runner up. Each will receive a trophy.

The third runner-up will get P3,000 and a medal while the fourth to ninth runners-up will receive P1,000 each. The best junior and best female players will receive P1,000 each.

For 15 and under category, champion will receive P3,000, first runner-up will get P2,000, and second runner-up will get P1,000. All three winners will get medals.

Three-time champion International Master Oliver Dimakiling, who hails from Davao City, will defend his title against his challengers.