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Youthful Team Cebu to play tough vs. rest of SEA in Zone 3.3 chess tournament


CEBU CITY, Philippines, April 30, 2021: Cebu formed a youthful and formidable team to the Zone 3.3 Chess Championship 2021 tournament which will start on May 1st until the 10th at the Cebu hub venue which is at Parkland Hotel Cebu.

Team Cebu Philippines which will be headed by NMs Merben Roué (2330) and Rogelio Enriquez Jr. (2229), and Richard Natividad (2289) will also feature the future of Cebu Chess, Jave Mareck Peteros (1599) and John Jerish Velarde (1896) and reinforced by WIM Bernadette Galas (2065), in this competition which will be participated by 52 players from the Southeast Asian region.

This tournament is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2021 is a hybrid competition with hubs in Cebu City, Dasmarinas, Davao, Laguna and Pasig City will have Indonesian GMs Susanto Megaranto (2550) and Novendra Priasmoro (2502) as top seeds at the start of the 9-Round Swiss System competition with 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and will be followed by 30 minutes plus 30 seconds increment time control. Filipino GM Darwin Laylo (2434) who will start as 5th seed is the top Filipino player in the competition.

Team Cebu, which is supported by RiChess Masters Club and other entries from the Visayas area, will be competing in a hybrid format where players play an online tournament at an identified venue which will be monitored by a camera and supervised by arbiters who will be assigned by Asian Chess Federation.

The organizing committee includes Technical Delegate ACF Executive Director Castro Abundo, Appeals Committee chairman and Zone president Dang Tat Thang of Vietnam, vice chairman GM Eugene Torre, and members Najib Abdul Wahab of Malaysia, Kristianus Liem of Indonesia, Sahapol Nackvanich of Thailand, Zonal Chief Arbiter IA Reden Cruz and Zonal Pairing/Technical arbiter NA Michael Joseph Pagaran, Local Technical Arbiter NA Ariel Potato and Local Chief Arbiter FA Odon Bodiless.

The competition will start at 2 PM on May 1 and will conclude on May 9.

The champion will receive $700 of the $1,500 prize fund; $500 will be given to the second placer and $300 for the third placer. In cases of ties, cash prizes will be determined through tiebreakers. RCM