Filipino chess Grand Master Jayson Gonzales expects at least 200 students will compete in the upcoming Tempo Inter-Schools Rapid Chess Championships.
During the press launch of the event on Wednesday, July 10, at the Manila Prince Hotel in Ermita, Manila, Gonzales, the tournament director, said that various schools in Metro Manila, including Far Eastern University, the Mapua Institute of Technology, Arellano University, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo College, University of East, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, the University of the Philippines, and the Lyceum of the Philippines have expressed interest in participating.
While no provincial colleges have yet to express their intent to also join the tournament, Gonzales anticipates that those in provinces near Metro Manila, like Laguna, Cavite, Pangasinan, and Batangas, will also send representatives to the competition that the tabloid plans to hold yearly.
“Yung mga parte ng Visayas, Mindanao, medyo seldom iyan. Unless, ito’y tuloy-tuloy na, taon-taon na, gumagawa na ng budget ang eskwelahan,” Gonzales said.
The organizers also stressed that schools can send as many representatives to the competition, and a larger contingent will strengthen their chances of winning individual awards and as a team.
A total cash prize of Php 100,000 will be at stake in the tournament supported by the Philippine Basketball Association, SM Supermalls, International Container Terminal Services Inc., Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories, and 1-Pacman Partylist.
The chess tournament is divided into six categories: Open college, women’s college, open high school, women’s high school, open elementary, and girls’ elementary. The top three in each category will receive a cash prize, trophies, and medals.
Meanwhile, a team champion will be determined by adding the scores of the school’s top performer of each category, a format that will be used for the time in a chess tournament.
Gonzales also revealed that all participants of the FIDE (World Chess Federation) rated tournament will receive a FIDE ID number for free.
“Lahat ng sasali ngayon may FIDE ID number. Elementary, kahit batang-bata meron siyang nakatakdang numero sa World Chess Federation,” Gonzales explained.
The first Tempo Inter-Schools Rapid Chess Championships will be held on July 20 at the Manila Prince Hotel. Online registration is still ongoing.