MANILA -- A six year old Filipino chess-whiz is set to compete in the US in June when he joins the Las Vegas International Chess Festival at the Riviera Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.
Thailand-based James Henry Cabalu Calacday finished 2nd place in the U-8 category of the 6th IWICA Youth Chess championship early this month and is now undergoing rigid training for the tournament.
Overseeing his training are National Masters Ryan Dungca and Leonardo Alidani.
Calacday is the only son of Henry and Regina Cabalu of Gainsfield Chess and Language Centre. Henry, a former Tarlac champion, said he is very excited to see his son play in Las Vegas.
"Pangarap kong maging grandmaster ang anak ko… kaya full support kami ni Misis," said the proud father, who is a fan of Filipino grandmasters Eugene Torre and Wesley So.
Henry said his son also got an invitation to play in the Continental Chess Association (CCA) Chicago Open on May 22 to 26 in Wheeling, Illinois, and the World Open on June 30 to July 6 in Arlington, Virginia.
Calacday is also playing in the 14th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2014 this April.
Calacday, together with 7-year FIDE Master (FM) Alekhine Fabiosa Nouri, spearheaded the Philippine campaign during last year's 14th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand. - by Marlon Bernardino