Hall of Famer Eugene Torre and other grandmasters take the spotlight in the 1st Governor Henry S. Oaminal 7-in-1 Chess Festival set from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 at the Ozamis City Auditorium in, Misamis Occidental.
Torre, Asia’s first Grandmaster, will be featured in the first of the seven events in the three-day chessfest as he plays simultaneous exhibition matches with 13-time PH Open champion Grandmaster Joey Antonio and other superstars on the opening day.
The country’s top and aspiring players will then take the center stage in the individual, team rapid and blitz tournaments where a total pot of ₱500,000 will be up for grabs in four categories.
The rapid tournament, which applies a 9-round Swiss system, also dangles a spot to the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) national championship for the winner, who will also bag ₱30,000 top prize.
Aside from the simul, individual and team tournaments, age group, executive and armageddon round-robin events are also lined up for invited chess masters in the three-day tournament.
There will also be chess lectures from grandmasters and superstars for masters and students of the sport.