JERICO BANARES said he is set for his title defence when the Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao 40th Birthday 10-Ball Tournament gets underway on December 5 to 16, 2018 at the Verenza Mall in General Santos City.

“I'm ready to defend it, I've been focused on this competition," said Banares, former WPA World Junior Reno, Nevada bronze medallist.

The event, hosted by Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao coincide of his 40th birthday celebration, offers a top purse of P700,000 in the doubles competition while top prize P500,000 going home with the winner in the singles competition according to tournament organizer Elman "Aries" Sacayanan.

Expected to provide stiff competitions are former world champion Dennis Orcollo, Carlo Biado, Lee Vann Corteza, Johann Chua, Jeffrey Ignacio, Warren Kiamco, Antonio Oacan Gabica, Michael Feliciano, Raymund Faraon, Oliver Bingcoy Medenilla, Demosthenes “Plong-Plong” Pulpul , Val Pajuay, Jonas Magpantay, Elvis Calasang, John Rebong, Rodrigo Geronimo, Patrick Gonzales and Eric E. Bayhon.

Registration fee for the singles competition is P3,000, and for the doubles competition is P6,000.

For more details, call or text Tournament organizer Elman "Aries" Sacayanan at his mobile number: 0915-570-1228 for complete details.-Marlon Bernardino-

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The former San Sebastian College standout Salvador under the tutelage of National Master Homer Cunanan collected 6 points on account of five wins and two draws to win the seven round tournament.

The 39 player'sa field event organized by Big Rook Chess A

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Standings after round 8: (Standard competition)
7.0 points---IM Chito Garma (Philippines)
6.5 points---IM Petronio Roca (Philippines)
6.0 points---GM Eugene Torre (Philippines)
5.5 points---IM Angelo Young (Philippines)
5.0 points---NM Cesar Caturla (Philippines), FM Oleg Rinas (Kazakshtan), AGM Angelito Camer (Australia), NM Roulzon Roullo (Philippines), NM Rosendo Bandal Jr. (Philippines), IM Aitkazy Baimurzkin (Kazakhstan)
4.5 points---NM Stewart Manaog (Philippines), NM Carlo Lorena (Philippines), Kuanishbek Jumadullayev (Kazakhstan)

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Standings after round 5: (Standard competition)
4.5 points---IM Chito Garma (Philippines), NM Cesar Caturla (Philippines)
4.0 points---IM Petronio Roca (Philippines)
3.5 points---GM Eugene Torre (Philippines), NM Carlo Lorena (Philippines), IM Angelo Young (Philippines), NM Roulzon Roullo (Philippines), FM Rinas Oleg (Kazakshtan)
3.0 points---FM Adrian Ros Pacis (Philippines), FM Syarif Mahmud (Indonesia), Than Khin (Myanmar)

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OLONGAPO CITY---Dasmariñas City's pride Justine Diego Mordido and Philippine Sportswriters Association awardee Al-Basher Buto spearheaded the champions in the recently held Mayor's Cup Invitational Standard Age Group Chess Championships last Sunday at the Gordon College in Tapinac, Olongapo City here.

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General Trias City---Colegio de San Francisco OIC (Officer In Charge) Mimie Alcantara on Tuesday greeted the Philippine athletes who showcased their talents and bagged medals.

Jeanelle Cabatian and Paolo Estavillo, both members of the Philippine Youth team from General Trias City who won 4 golds and 2 silver medals in Pattaya, Thailand recently.

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NAKOPO nina National Chess Federation of the Philippines executive director Red Dumuk, Audit Manager Diwa Learning Systems Inc. Ricky Navalta, Laguna Chess Association head Dr. Alfredo "Fred" Paez at Cebuano and Cebuano Jojo Lumbania ang FIDE International Organizer title matapos makapasa sa FIDE International Organizer Seminars and Examination test na ginanap sa Tagaytay International Convention Center nitong Linggo kasabay ng pagdaraos ng 9th Asian Seniors Chess Championships.

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ISA lamang ang nasa isipan ni Philippine executive champion lawyer Cliburn Anthony Orbe ng Alphaland Corporation na makaganti sa pakikipagtagisan ng talino kontra kay Laurence Wilfred “Larry” Dumadag ng United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sa pagdaraos ng Moulded Mind Chess Club ang tinampukang Friendly Match-Up gets ngaun Linggo sa City Mall Anabu sa Imus City, Cavite.

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