THE 24 member-teams of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) get the chance to gauge their strength with pre-season games on Saturday, Jan 9.
A total of 12 matches pitting the Northern and Southern Division teams will be played in the pre-season competition held exactly a week before the formal opening on Jan. 16.
Game time is 7 p.m.
PCAP founding president- commissioner Atty. Paul Elauria said the 24 teams divided into the North and South Divisions were randomly paired for the event aimed at giving the teams the much-needed exposure before the competition proper.
The pre-season matchups:
1. Cagayan vs. Zamboanga
2. Manila vs. Iloilo
3. Antipolo vs. Toledo
4. Pasig vs. Cebu
5. Rizal vs. Cordova
6. Olongapo vs. Surigao
7. Laguna vs. Iriga
8. Caloocan vs. Camarines
9. Cavite vs. Mindoro
10. Quezon City vs. Negros
11. San Juan vs. Lapu-Lapu
12. Isabela vs. Palawan
Each team will field a total of seven players, with two titled players, one female, one senior and three homegrown players.
They will play one blitz ( 3+2) and one rapid (15 miniutes play to finish).
The formal opening of the PCAP First Conference is scheduled on Jan. 16.
The competition will serve as the inaugural tournament of PCAP, the first and only professional chess league in Southeast Asia.
Among the notable players who are expected to see action are GMs Eugene Torre (Rizal), Rogelio Antonio Jr. (Iloilo), Julio Sadorra (Manila), Mark Paragua (Camarines), John Paul Gomez and Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr., (Cabuyao), Darwin Laylo and Roland Salvador (Pasig) and Oliver Barbosa (San Juan).
The competition is sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra.
Partial team line-ups:
Antipolo — NM Jojo Aquino, NM Rodolfo Panopio, WNM Cristy Bernales, Martin Gaticales.
Cabuyao — GM John Paul Gomez, GM Rogelio Barcenilla, FM Efren Bagamasbad, Karen Enriquez.
Cagayan — Jake Tumaliuan, Jojo Foz, Lambert Arugay, Krizza Mae Biggayan.
Caloocan — IM Paulo Bersamina, IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Kristine Joy Abellardo, Pacifico Villasenor.
Camarines — GM Mark Paragua, Elsan Asuela, Ezzralen Alvarez, NM Carlo Lorena.
Cebu — NM Elwin Retabal, NM Anthony Makinano, NM Lincoln Yap, Marphynne Mangubat.
Cordova — Edsel Montoya, Allan Pason, WIM Bernadette Galas, NM Mario Mangubat.
Cavite — NM Marlon Bernardino, Kevin Arquero, Clarevey Estavillo, Isaac Seferino
Iloilo — GM Rogelio Antonio Jr., Cherry Ann Mejia, J.M. Sildeverio, NM Cesar Mariano.
Iriga — NM Glenn Artuz, Joeven Polsotin, Johnlyn Buenaventura, Joel Buenaventura.
Isabela –NM Jerome Balico, Alvin Aguinaldo, Francisco Cabe, Sheryl Andres.
Lapu-Lapu — NM Merben Roque, Brylle Arellano, NM Odillon Badilles, Cristy Cabungcag.
Manila–GM Julio Sadorra, IM Marvin Miciano, IM Angelo Young, Cris Ramayrat, Mira Mirano.
Mindoro — FM David Elorta, Sherwin Tiu, IM Domingo Ramos, Lady Michella Concio.
Negros — IM Joel Pimentel, FM Randy Segarra, R.J. Acedo, FM Rosendo Bandal.
Olongapo– NM Gefer Imbuido, Joshua Bautista, Judith Pineda, Dale Oradas.
Palawan — WIM Shania Mae Mendoza, WIM Catherine Perena-Secopito, WIM Antoinette San Diego, WIM Mikee Suede.
Pasig — GM Darwin Laylo, NM Rudy Ibanez, Sherily Cua, GM Roland Salvador.
Quezon City — Michaella Concio, IM Oliver Dimakiling, Edgardo Garma, Danilo Ponay.
Rizal — GM Eugene Torre, FM Mari Joseph Turqueza, Enrica Villa, Boyet Tardecilla.
San Juan — GM Oliver Barbosa, IM Ricky de Guzman, WIM Jodilyn Fronda, NM Narquinden Reyes.
Surigao — FM Vince Alaan, Tyrone Alaan, Jessa Mae Lisondra, Joselito Serna.
Toledo– M Rico Mascarinas, Rommel Ganzon, Richard Natividad, Jean Galang.
Zamboanga– IM Chito Garma, NM Joey Florendo, Sarah Chua, Jenny Mayor.