FROM emerging as the country’s chess king, Daniel Quizon has turned his attention to achieving another feat — become a Grandmaster (GM).

“It would also be a dream come true if I become a GM,” said Mr. Quizon after he topped the 2021 Philippine National Championship at the Solea Hotel and Resort in Mactan, Cebu on Monday night.

For the World Cup veteran to become a GM, he would need to obtain three GM results and reach the 2500-rating mark.

The Dasmariñas City bet has one GM result and rated 2324.

FIDE Master Roel Abelgas, one of Mr. Quizon’s coaches, said they would invite local and foreign GMs and hold a closed tournament to be hosted by Dasmariñas, Cavite next year and hopefully get enough support to fund an expensive European campaign.

“Hopefully, we could stage a closed tournament in Dasmariñas,” said Mr. Abelgas.

Mr. Quizon has shown great potential when he clinched the IM title three years ago as a 13-year-old, but his bid was slowed down by the pandemic.

But with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions now starting to relax, Mr. Quizon is excited to resume his GM quest.

“Hopefully, I’ll get more opportunity this year,” said Mr. Quizon.

Chess Movement, Inc. and Barkadahan Para sa Bansa partylist’s Dr. Ariel Potot, who organized the Mactan meet, said Mr. Quizon is someone the country should support.

“The country would be proud if he (Mr. Quizon) becomes a GM, so we need to support him,” said Mr. Potot. — Joey Villar