THE Toledo City Chess Miners (TCCM) will organize its first major online chess tournament dubbed “Hero at Home,” which is open to all chess wizards on Sept. 13, 2020.
The one-day chess tilt is part of the group’s fund-raising campaign to help members who lost their jobs amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“All the proceeds of this event will go to our members who went jobless due to this pandemic and also for our sick member,” Fide arbiter (FA) Felix Poloyapoy Jr. told this writer in Cebuano during a quick online chat.
The organizers hope to get as many participants so they can raise the highest funds possible for the chess players who need help in these trying times.
Poloyapoy, who will be joined by Bonn Rainauld Tibod as the tournament’s administrator, said the club has organized a series of nightly tournaments since the start of the lockdown—all minor events.
“It started during the lockdown when the active professionals and chess enthusiasts, especially in Toledo City, came up with the idea to conduct a nightly tournament for fun and development of the players,” he said.
After a series of nightly tourneys, the group decided to take it to another level. The long-term plan is to do it on a regular basis.
“This competition is open to all players. We hope that we can do more tournaments since this is for a cause and the intention of the group is to extend help to our members,” explained Poloyapoy.
More than P6,000 cash prizes will be up for grabs in the tournament, which will be played at 9 p.m. on lichess.org, an open-source online chess server.
The top three will win P1,000, P750 and P500, respectively, while the fourth to 20th placers will each receive consolation prizes. ash prizes will also be given to the Top 3 in the TCCM, Ladies and Kiddies divisions.
Polayapoy said the tournament would not be possible without the support of Jean Jean Gacang, Andrew Macapobre and Meg Antony Miralles, Marlon Sayson Jr. and Godfrey Gerona.
The notable players who have confirmed their participation are Grand Master Joey Antonio, Arena Grand Master Henry Lopez, National Master Merben Roque, among others.
The veteran Antonio, who has represented the country in the World Chess Olympiad, recently stamped his class on the Jojo Dondon Super Blitz chess online tournament a few days ago. (RSC)