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Star-studded one-day chess tourney slated March 1


Five Filipino Grandmasters and other top local woodpushers will battle it out in the P50,000 Balinas-Antonio Chess Cup slated to be held through the Lichess online platform on March 1. 

GMs Mark Paragua, Rogelio “Banjo” Barcenilla Jr., Darwin Laylo, Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. and Roland Salvador banner the stellar cast in the one-day event organized by Bayanihan Chess Club founding chairman Antonio “Uncle Paps” Balinas and US-based frontliner Dr. Joe Balinas in close cooperation with Fernan Donguines of Hybreed Apparel Collections and National Chess Federation of the Philippines chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. 

Paragua is coming off a victorious campaign in the 3rd Marinduque Online Chess Tournament held last February 19. 

Also taking part are International Masters  Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Paulo Bersamina, Ricardo de Guzman, Angelo Young, Chito Garma, Petronio Roca, Barlo Nadera, Joel Pimentel, Daniel Quizon, Emmanuel Senador and John Marvin Miciano. 

An open event with free registration, the Balinas-Antonio tourney will be held as part of the celebration of late Rosendo Padilla Balinas Sr.’s 108th birthday and the 13-time Philippine Open champion Antonio Jr.’s 59th birthday. (Jeremiah Sevilla)