The NCFP (National Chess Federation of the Philippines) together with event manager Intchess Asia is pleased to announce back to back GM Opens to be held at at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City, Manila, Philippines from 6-20 September 2008.
Both Opens are 9 round swiss tournaments and will kick off with the 4th PGMA Cup boasting a total prize fund of USD 40,000 from 6-13 September and this will be followed immediately after with the USD 30,000 3rd Prospero Pichay Cup to be held at the same venue from 13-20 September.
To date a total of 22 Grandmasters have confirmed their participation and as many as 14 National Chess Federations will be represented, including China, India, Georgia, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Australia. Entries include GM Mchedisvili, GM Shanava, GM Kazhgaleyev, GM Megaranto, GM Dzhumaev, GM Bakre, IM Wohl, GM Li Shilong, GM Zaw, IM Wynn, WIM Kharisma, etc.
14 year old GM Wesley So, on track to a 2650 rating, and still the World’s youngest grandmaster will be leading the Philippine challenge.
Enquires may also be directed to the Organising Secretary Peter Long at email@example.com
The prize fund is as follows:
Champion Php 40,000
2nd Place 20,000
3rd Place 15,000
4th Place 10,000
5th Place 8,000
6th Place 7,000
7th Place 6,000
8th Place 5,000
9th Place 5,000
10th Place 4,000
4th Prospero Pichay , Jr. Cup Chess Challange will take place in Manila, Philippines, September 14 – 19, 2008. The 3rd PGMA Cup will be a week earlier – September 7 – 12, 2008 in the same city.