Narrowly getting plane tickets, Filipinos fly for ASEAN chess tilt
MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are among the best blitz players in Asia, but a 57-man delegation narrowly got plane tickets to compete in the 20th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship in Myanmar that starts on Monday, June 10.
Players had to stay one night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 after they were mistakenly informed by an official of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) that their plane tickets would be released.
It proved to be a dud, but NCFP treasurer Cliburn Anthony Orbe, coordinating with federation head Prospero Pichay Jr, was able to work it out with the Philippine Sports Commission to get the tickets on Sunday.
In 24 hours, the mood brightened from cynicism to hope.
The Philippines is fielding 3 players per age division for a total of 42 players, including other special age categories.
The country finished 2nd overall in Davao last year, with Paulo Bersamina and Shania Mae Mendoza taking the coveted Open and Under-20 divisions.
Vietnam, the perennial winner, is expected to take the overall crown again, while host Myanmar is fielding 194 players.
With the Dasmariñas crew led by 14-year-old Daniel Quizon and 16-year-old Kylen Joy Mordido seeking grandmaster norms in the Asian Continental, the Philippine team would be relying on a new batch.
Those expected to do well are twice Under-10 champion Al-Basher Buto, Under-14 aces Antonella Berthe Racasa and Ruelle Canino, new national junior champion Vic Glysen Derotas, and Palarong Pambansa titlist Eric Labog. – Rappler.com