GM Torre roots for more Filipino qualifiers in Chess World Cup
May 7, 2013 10:11 pm
MANILA, May 7 — Asia’s first Grand Master Eugene Torre hopes that there will be more Filipinos to advance in the Chess World Cup in Tromso, Norway on August after winners are decided in the Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Continental Open and Women’s Chess Championships on May 18 to 26 at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City.
Torre told reporters on Tuesday that two Filipinos have already qualified for the Norway cup and there is still a big chance for more Filipinos seeing action in the tournament since he and fellow grandmasters are joining the qualifying event as well.
Torre said other grandmasters in the country can still secure one of the five slots available.
However, Torre said the country has a slim chance of sending a female delegate to the world cup as only one player gets to be qualified in the forthcoming chess event.
Torre explained that despite this small possibility, he is confident that Bernadette Galas from Makati City still have the chance to join the delegation in Norway.
Meanwhile, Filipino players who are already qualified for the Chess World Cup are grandmasters Wesley So and Oliver Barbosa.
In 2012, Barbosa finished in the top five in the Asian Continental in Vietnam, while Wesley So qualified from the Zonal Championship in Tagaytay City earlier this year. (PNA)