MANILA – The GM Rosendo Carreon Balinas Jr. team will compete in the 1st Gov. Henry Oaminal 8-in-1 Chess Festival scheduled Nov. 10 to 12 at Ozamiz City Auditorium in Misamis Occidental.
The team is composed of GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. (Board 1), Drigo "Ringo" Acero Teves (Board 2) and Candidate Master–elect Michael Jan Stephen “Bonbon” Inigo (Board 3).
Teves is hoping to improve on his seventh-place finish in the 2022 Manny Pacquiao Chess League Tuna Festival.
“What attracts me the most in chess today is meeting legends like Eugene Torre, Joey Antonio, Rico Mascarinas, and Judge Rosendo Bandal. I love chess very much and I hope this time I’ll give a good fight whatever it takes.” Teves said in an interview on Tuesday.
He drew with Rodney Opada and Rowell Roque in seven rounds at the MPCL Tuna Festival in General Santos City.
The Gov. Henry Oaminal 8-in-1 Chess Festival is organized by National Chess Federation of the Philippines director and Asenso Misamis Occidental Chess Association president Rey Cris Urbiztondo as part of the province's 94th anniversary celebrations.
"It's my pleasure to extend a cheerful welcome to you all (participants)! Your presence makes us very happy." said Urbiztondo, an online Arena Grandmaster.
Other participants are AE Bob, Mind Movers, Pacman Chess Association, Phil Army (Taguig), Buenaville, Libay Corp., Negros Team, Maritima Chess Club, Koronadal Ebon Restaurant, Minglanilla Cebu LGU, Ligon All Stars, Iligan, Dipolog, Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga City and other teams from Southern Mindanao.
There will be a motorcade around the city on the morning of Nov. 10, followed by a courtesy call on Mayor Henry Oaminal Jr., who will play in a simul exhibition in the afternoon.
Eugene Torre, Asia’s first Grandmaster, will play simultaneous exhibition matches with 13-time Philippine Open champion Grandmaster Antonio and other superstars on opening day.
A total of PHP500,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in the individual and team rapid, age group, executive and armageddon competition.
The winner in the rapid event will qualify for the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines National Championship aside from receiving PHP30,000 in cash and an all-expense paid trip to Manila for the finals. (PNA)