THE OLOPSC Parents Teachers Association, Inc. in coordination with the Concepcion Dos Chess Club, is staging the First Inter School Individual Chess Championship on August 31 at the OLOPSC DS Hall (Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College-Dionisio A. Salvador Hall) Campus located in General Ordoñez St. Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.

The one-day National Chess Federation of the Philippines sanctioned tournament is open to all non titled, rated and non rated chess players according to PTA-VP and Project Chairman Marvin Manalang.

The tournament shall be divided into two divisions, Kiddies (12 years old and below with maximum rating of 2050) and Juniors (17 years old with maximum rating of 2050).

“Mark your calendar chess enthusiasts and make the best move ever in this battle of the squares,” said Pastor Ranier Pascual of Concepcion Dos Chess Club.

“We do this to promote chess in the grass-roots level and [to] discover future chess talents,” said OLOPSC chess coach Mark Rodrigo.

Registration fee is P300 (on-site is P350) for the seven-round Swiss System tournament. Time control is 20 minutes plus five seconds delay mode.

The Kiddies champion will take home P2,000 plus plaque, the second placer will pocket P1,500 plus medal, the third placer will earn P1,000 plus medal, while fourth to fifth will receive P500 each plus medals and the sixth to tenth will get medals.

The Juniors winner, meantime, will earn P4,000 plus plaque, the second placer will get P2,000 plus medal, the third placer will pocket P1,000 plus medal, the fourth will receive P700 plus medal, the fifth will bring home P600 plus medal, the sixth will go home with P500 plus medal and the seventh to tenth placers will receive P300 plus medals. — Marlon Bernardino