149 Woodpushers Join Mansilingan Annual Chess Tourney

Despite the low turnout of participants in Bacolod City, the organizers were able to gather one hundred forty nine chess players during the two-division 2017 Barangay Mansilingan Annual Fiesta Team Chess Tournament at A.L. Jayme Elementary School on Sunday morning.

Thirty four teams or sixty eight chessers joined the Open division, while twenty seven or eighty one woodpushers played in the 14 & Under group.

“Most of the age-group players in Bacolod were worn out after the recently held NOPSSCEA Chess competitions and they deserve the needed rest to recover to play another day,” ManChess president Engr Nestor Cena said.

“But, we are thankful to the participants and their parents who continue to support our club’s chess program,” Engr Cena further said.

Leading in the rank-list of the Open division after Round 2 are Pulang Araw duo John Vincent Merabe & Janjan Magalona of Cadiz City followed by Sadia compose of Romeo Sadia III & Engr Lipiten, and Double Barrel with Cadiznons Xavier Verdun & Bench Mark Occeño.

In the 14&U side, the Brgy.Mansilingan trio of Neil Vincent Cena, and Pelione brothers Clark & Christian pushing ahead of the pack; as Tangub compose of Ryan Cantiller, and Julius & Clyde Palma, and Escalante A with Jamon Cajeras, Cyrus De Asis & Jecuambs Cuambot are trailing behind.

The rapid chess team event tournament format has a time control of 20 minutes plus 5 seconds increment per move for 7 rounds of play in Swiss System.

Prizes at stake in the open division will get Php7,500 for the champion, while the top finisher in the age-group take home Php4,500. Both teams will also receive its trophies. The second to fifth placers in both divisions are set to pocket their respective cash prizes plus medals.

Individual, team, and surprise special awards are expected to be given during the award ceremony after the one-day tournament.

This chess event is supported by Mansilingan punong barangay Leonardo Suansing, Sr and organized by the officers and members of ManChess headed by Engr Cena.* (James G. Toga)

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