Negros Int’l Open Chess Tourney Unfolds Today

Will the Negrense and Filipino chess masters be able to defend their ground against the visiting foreign grandmasters?

Masters of Chess of the Philippines gathered on Sunday to form a King chess piece as they celebrated the 25th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship.* (KC Cruz photo)

The 2017 Negros International Open Chess Championship unfold today at the Osborne Hall in Ikthus, Bacolod City.

FIDE Master Sander Severino of Silay City, who recently won a gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Paragames in Kuala Lumpur and 2016 Negros Open Chess Championship 3rd runner-up is up for the challenge in defending the Filipino pride.

Severino, who also ruled the 2017 Negros Closed Chess Tournament in June, is among the top Filipino masters expected to bring a good fight on the board. It was recalled that in 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012, Severino able to force English GM Nigel Short to a draw.

Aside from Severino, last year’s Negros Open Chess Championship winner IM Ronald Dableo is likewise expected to bring tough game on the table. Dableo defeated GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr. in the final round of the tournament to book an undefeated record in 9 rounds with 6 wins and 3 draws.

Among the notable masters eyed to do well in this weeklong international chess tournament are last year’s 2nd place IM Oliver Dimakiling and 3rd place GM Darwin Laylo.

For tournament sponsor Antonio Ivan Aguirre, the presence of these foreign chess masters will further elevate the level of competition – as well as expecting tough challenge from local GMs and masters.*


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