By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
The 2017 Negros International Open Chess Championship begins today at the Osbron Hall of Ikthus Equipping Center in Bacolod City.
Coming off a gold medal winning performance at the 2017 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Para Games in Kuala Lampur last month, Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Master Sander Severino of Silay City is looking to follow-up that victory.
He also won the 2017 Negros Closed Chess Tournament back in June, along with taking third place in the 2016 Negros Open Chess Championship.
During the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open in 2012, he drew Grand Master (GM) Nigel Short, another competitor in the Bacolod City competition.
Other Filipino talents expected for the contest include GMs Rogelio Antonio, Jr. and Darwin Laylo; International Masters (IMs) Oliver Dimakiling, Haridas Pascua, Kim Steven Yap, Ronald Dableo, Rolando Nolte, Roderick Nava, Chito Garma, Ronald Bancod, Richelieu Salcedo, and Joel Pimentel, Jr.; Woman International Masters (WIM) Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Marie Antoinette; and FIDE Masters Nelson Villanueva, Narquingden Reyes, Mari Joseph Turqueza, and Roel Abelgas.
Tournament sponsor Antonio Aguirre describes the competition as “our collective effort in showing to the world that we can make things happen.”/WDJ