Friday, April 29, 2011

Cebu kiddies invade Davao

NATIONAL Master Roger Abella sent me this report:

Davao City becomes the country’s chess capital for almost two weeks with the staging of the much-awaited Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-2011 National Age-Group chess championships on April 25 to 28 and the National Junior chess championships on April 29 to May 3 at the Gaisano and NCCC Malls.

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The national age-group championships will serve as qualifying events for the Asean age group tournament in Tarakan, Indonesia on June 11-20, while the national junior championships will be the qualifying event for the World Juniors in New Delhi, India on Aug. 1-16.

In the age-group categories, the tournament is divided into the following categories boys and girls 20-Under, 16-Under, 14-Under, 12-Under, 10-under, and 8-under.

The Cebu City chess delegation, sponsored by the Cebu City government, is now in Davao City for the Age Group Competitions. Players will play in both tournaments, the Age-Group and the National Juniors. Fide Arbiters Marvin Ruelan and Felix Poloyapoy accompanied the delegation.

The Cebu players selected by the Cebu Chess Federation are Renzi Kyle Sevillano, Allan Pason, Jeremy Pepito, Chris Aldritz Pondoyo, Christian Pondoyo, Vic Glysen Derotas, Diego Claro, Jhoronnie Gayl Bontes, Glexan Derotas, Aireen Rubillos, Yves Fiel, Laila Nadera, Jeffu Dorog, Glazel Villarin, Ryan Fernando, my kiddie journalist,KC Morala and the Balbona siblings Felix Shaun, Jessa Marie, John Francis, James Andrew and Marq Gabrielle.

KC will write about the details of both tournaments and will be featured next week in this column.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS. The Cepca vs. Lapu-Lapu chess club friendly match now on its eighth
year, will be on May 7 at the Kawayan Grill in Mabolo starting at 1pm.

The format will be 15 boards, with two games per board, and the time control is 1 hour per player, play to finish.

Cepca prexy Manny Manzanares and Judy Tamala of Lapu-Lapu will lead their respective clubs.

The Talisay Summer Chess Clinic is now on-going at the Talisay City Hall and is both for beginners and advanced players.

Lessons are about the opening, middle-game tactics and end-game techniques. There are free t-shirts and chess materials for participants. For details, contact Manny Manzanares at 09058386310.

The Talisay Chess Club recently had an election and the new officers are Gamaliel Vicente Jr. (president), Virgilio Villavelez (vice president), Valeriano Daria (treasurer), Manny Manzanares (secretary general), Siegfred Sandalo (auditor).

HBO. A new film about the American chess genius entitled “Bobby Fischer Against The World” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival recently and is now due for a wider release after Music Box Films announced that they have bought the theatrical distribution rights.

The HBO-backed film will premiere on HBO this June 6 before a wider theatrical release in the US. It will also be released in Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand .

The film is a co-production of HBO Documentary Film and LM Media GmbH and is produced and directed by Liz Garbus. Watch for it.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 29, 2011

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