Filipino grandmaster holds chess exhibit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2013 07:58 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2013 03:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- World Chess Cup-bound and reigning national champion, Grandmaster Mark Paragua, will be conducting a simultaneous chess exhibition on July 27.

Paragua, the 1998 World U-14 Rapid Champion, will be facing club players, executives, kids and collegiate players at the SM City in Marilao, Bulacan.

The purpose of the simultaneous chess is to encourage players, especially the youth, to play chess and meet Paragua over 64 square boards.

The top five winners will receive medals and educational books. All participants will get certificate of attendance.

Among the early entries are expert Robert Pua of Manila Broadcasting Co., Milca Fulo from Lourdes School, Weng Tan, Van Kampin Luzon, Edward de Leon, Aurex Lee Caser, director Bong David, Edison Abarquez, Elmer Fumar, Allan Castillo, Mariano Flores, Dionisio Pascua, Jr., Emmanuel Adriano, Conrado Morillo and Mario Ulangka of DPWH.

Registration fee is P500. For inquiries please call or txt Engr. Ric Paragua of Paragua Chess Academy at 0910-6498755 or Richard Dela Cruz @ 0923-1696148.

Paragua himself was once a participant in a simultaneous chess exhibition that featured world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India.

He recently earned a qualification to the 4th World Chess Cup by placing third in the Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Individual Chess Championship last May. – Marlon Bernardino