Grandmaster Mark Paragua will be seeking another online chess title when the Baby Uno Chess Challenge dubbed as Grandmaster Rosendo Carreon Balinas Jr. online chess championship is held on September 6, 2020 (Sunday) at 11 a.m. Manila time at the lichess.org.
The total cash prize for the event held as part of the 79th birthday celebration of the late Grandmaster Rosendo Carreon Balinas Jr. on September 10 is P35,000.
To Observe Fair Play Policy the organizing committee of Bayanihan Chess Club led by AGM Marlon Bernardino, Genghis Imperial, Jolina and Jenley Icao decided to have new house rules that if a player violates the lichess terms of service with it (Computer Engine Assistance, Human Assistance, Piloting), his/her prizes will go to Bayanihan Chess Club Welfare Fund.
The New York, USA-based Paragua is fresh from winning the 81st birthday celebration of engineer Antonio Carreon Balinas, older brother of Grandmaster Rosendo and frontliner Bethesda, Maryland USA-based Joe Balinas last August 22.
The “free registration” online tournament will be a 21-round Swiss System, two minutes plus two seconds increment time control format, open to all Filipino chess players here and abroad.
Organized by Bayanihan Chess Club, the event, hosted by Bethesda, Maryland USA based Joe Balinas in close cooperation with engineer Antonio Carreon Balinas and Fernan Donguines of Hybreed Apparel Collections, offers a top purse of P10,000 to the champion, P2,500 to the runner-up, P1,500 to the third placer and P1,000 each to the fourth and fifth placers, respectively.
The sixth up to the 25th placer will also receive consolation cash prizes of P200 each while 26th to 115th placers will pocket P50 each. The top seven finishers will also get PH Agila T-shirt.
A consolation prize of P1,000 each for the student of Grandmaster Rosendo Carreon Balinas Jr. namely Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. and International Master Ricardo de Guzman.
“We honor too and remember our past chess greats (Rodolfo Tan) Cardoso, (Ramon) Lontok, (Renato) Naranja, Reyes,” said Bethesda, Maryland USA based Joe Balinas.
“Remember them? And all who molded our chess greats from Eugene (Torre), our beloved Always faithful to Pinas GM Joey (Antonio), world class Wesley (So) and the crop of our current GMs. To all of our young chess talents,” he added.
“We urge revitalization of business and corporate support to Philippine Chess to help too our chairman/president (Prospero) Pichay,” said Balinas.
Category winners for the top media, top kiddy (11 years old and below), top junior (12 to 17 years old), top PECA master/titled executive, top PECA non-master executive, top lady, top Phil-E-9 chess club (the only Filipino chess club in South Korea), top senior (60 years old above), top senior (50 years old to 59 years old), top Pampanga, top Espana chess club, top OJ team, top Negros, top Rizal province, top school chess coach, top online chess coach, top frontliner, top arbiter, top Ederwin Estavillo Chess Academy student, top Andalus, Bahrain chess club, top BCA kiddy and BCA junior, top G4 Olongapo kiddy, top Doctor, Top Lawyer will also get cash prizes.
For more details, message Genghis Imperial in his facebook account.