A WHOOPING P1-million in cash incentives await WIM Kylen Joy Mordido or IM Daniel Quizon or IM Michael Concio if they succeed in becoming the country’s newest grandmaster next year.
National team coach Roel Abelgas said Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga, Jr. is giving P1-million to Mordido, Quizon or Concio or any other players from Dasmariñas City, Cavite, who will earn their GM or WGM title next year.
Abelgas said Cong. Barzaga is putting up the financial reward as a way of encouraging the young and talented players from Dasmariñas, Cavite to strive harder to reach their goals.
“Hopefuly next year makuha na ng mga players namin. Matagal at mahabang sakripisyo ito para sa aming lahat dito sa Cavite, lalo na kay Rep. Barzaga,” said Abelgas in an interview with People’s Tonight.
Abelgas said all four Dasmariñas, Cavite-based players who represented the country in the recent FIDE Online Olympiad — Mordido, Quizon, Concio and Jerlyn Mae San Diego — have a very good chance of hitting the paydirt next year.
Mordido already has two WGM norms following her strong showing in the 2018 Eastern Asia junior championships and 2019 Myanmar Open.
Quizon has one GM norm in 2018 Eastern Asia tournament, while Concio also had one GM norm in the 2019 Eastern Asia.
Mordido is hoping to make history by becoming only the second WGM in the country since Janelle Mae Frayna of Bicol in 2017.
“Si Kylen kaya na niya mag WGM. Konting babad pa sa mga malalakas na tournament. Sana makuha na next year,” said Abelgas.
He recalled San Diego narrowly missed a WGM norm when they last competed in Dubai, but managed to earn a WIM result.
Quizon and Concio are also expected to get at least one more GM result next year.
Abelgas said Cong. Barzaga has already approved the plan to send the players to two major international tournaments in Vietnam in March and Dubai in April next year to give them the opportunity to achieve their WGM or GM norms.
A trip to Europe is also being eyed by the well-known chess patron from Cavite for deserving young players.
“Kapag hindi nakuha sa dalawang events na yun sa Vietnam at Dubai, baka mag-Europe na din kami,”said Abelgas.
“Pag lumakad kami, kasama lagi yun apat na players. Kung pwede pa, isasabay ko na din isa ko pang player si Mark Jay Bacojo,” he added.
In the recent FIDE Online Olympiad, al four Dasmariñas, Cavite-based players performed well.
San Diego finished with a perfect record of four wins in as many matches on board six.
Quizon scored 4.5 points on four wins, one draw and one loss.
Mordido had three points on two wins two draws and one loss on board six.
Concio had one win, one draw and one loss.
Barzaga, a former director of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), was also a major benefactor of Olympian IM Petronio Roca in the 90s.