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PCAP All-Star voting underway


DO you want to see your favorite players play in the coming Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) All-Star Game on May 2?

PCAP president-commissioner Atty. Paul Elauria said voting of players for the North and South All-Star teams is now underway until April 18.

Chess fans can vote for three rated, one female, one senior and two homegrown players in both North and South teams.

The other seven players completing the 14-man line-up will be voted by the players, coaches and team owners themselves, according to Elauria.

To be known as the PCAP All-Star Game, the one-day extarvaganza will pit the top 14 players from the Northern Conference against the leading 14 players in the Southern Conference.

The North All Stars will be handled by Dr. Fred Paez of the newly-crowned PCAP All-Filipino champion Laguna Heroes, while the South All Stars will be manned by Jojo Buenaventura of runner-up Camarines Soaring Eagles.

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“It will be held before the start of the second conference — the GM Wesley So Cup — this May,” said PCAP Chairman Michael Angelo Chua of the San Juan Predators.

We want to showcase the talent of PCAP and the players. It will give all the players another goal to shoot for,”Chua told People’s Tonight.

“In all, there will be six rated players, two ladies, two seniors and four homegrowns on each team,” explained Chua.

Format of the competition will be two sets of blitz and rapid games.

Among the notable players expected to get a big chunk of the fans’ votes are GM Rogelio Barcenilla Jr. and GM John Paul Gomez of Laguna, GM Oliver Barbosa and IM Ricky de Guzman of San Juan Predators, GM Julio Sadorra and IM John Marvin Miciano of Manila Indios Bravos, GM Eugene Torre and IM Rolando Nolte of Rizal Towers, GM Darwin Laylo and GM Roland Salvador of Pasig Pirates, IM Paulo Bersamina and IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia of Caloocan Load Manna Knights, IM Oliver Dimakiling of Quezon City Simba’s Tribe in the North; and GM Mark Paragua and NM Carlo Lorena of Camarines, GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr and FM Karl Victor Ochoa of Iloilo Kisela Knights, FM Nelson Mariano III and IM Joel Pimentel of Negros Kingsmen, IM Chito Garma of Zamboanga Sultans, IM Rico Mascarinas of Toledo City Trojans and Shania Mae Mendoza of Palawan Queen’s Gambits in the South.

Last April 3, the Barcenilla-led Laguna Heroes defeated the Camarines Soaring Eagles, 2-1, in their three-game Armageddon battle for supremacy in this prestigious competition sponsored by San Miguel Corporation.

Publication Source :    People's Tonight
Ed Andaya
Sports Editor - People's Tonight