by Marlon Bernardino
THE staging for the 5th Al-Basher Buto Chess Championship 1950 and below Rapid tournament gets underway on February 25, 2019 at the Block 43 Beaver Street, Goldland Village East, Cainta, Rizal.
Sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and will be officiate by the Chess Arbiter Union of the Philippines (CAUP).
"This is part of our grassroots development program.” said tournament organizer Bong Buto, father of Philippine chess wizard Al-Basher Buto.
"The tournament is open to all non-titled, unrated and regardless players with maximum ratings of 1950 only. Women over rated players are not eligible to play while kiddies under 12 years old and below may join the tournament regardless of ratings, no ratings barrier only with kids and no pooling of prizes." added Bong Buto who is also the founding head of Gold Land Chess Club.
Buto added that cash prizes await winners with the champion going home with P2,500 and a trophy.
Cash prizes of P1,500 and a medal and P1,000 and a medal will go to the second and third placers, respectively.
Fourth to fifth place will likewise to receive P500 each plus medals.
Special prizes for the best perfomer, Top kiddies 12 years old and below (12 and 11 years old only), Top kiddies 10 years old and below (10 and 9 years old only), Top kiddies 8 years old and below (8 and 7 years old only),
Top female, Top 55 years old and above and Top Cainta.
For details and registration Contact: Mr. Bong Buto at his mobile number: (0919) 658-3820.-Marlon Bernardino-