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First Co-op Chess Tourney in History

MAKATI CITY – More than 200 chess players battled wills over the Chess Board on Sunday, October 22, at the First Co-op Cup Chess Tournament held at the Alphaland Southgate Mall, with Max Dave Tellor of Adamson University taking the Championship Title in the Open Category.
Of the 200 participants, 88 were in the Open Non-Master Category age 18 and above.  The remaining 120 players were in the Youth Category age 18 years and below, and the Kiddie Category, age 12 and below.
Gracing the event was many times Philippines Champion, Grandmaster Rogelio ‘Joey’ Antonio, who appreciated the large participation of children and youth, saying it bodes well for the future of Philippine Chess.  “I envy the young children here who have full support from their parents.   I learned Chess as a child while selling newspapers.  Chess gave me a better future,” he said.
Thirteen cooperatives sent players: Holy Trinity Agro-Forestry MPC, Antipolo City Cooperative, Continental Employees MPC, Dept. of Energy Employees MPC, Antipolo City Cooperative, Barangka Credit Cooperative, Canlubang Industrial Estate MPC, Simbayanan ni Maria Cooperative, San Dionisio Credit Cooperative, Red Ribbon MPC, Baclaran Vendors Development Cooperative, Excellent Peoples MPC, and NATCCO Network.
Top-performer for the Co-op Players was Reynold Roces of Holy Trinity Agro-Forestry MPC, followed by Samivin delos Santos of Continental EMPC, Francis Lopez of Antipolo City Cooperative, Jerry Ausan of Canlubang Industrial Estate MPC, and Alvin Regondoza of Barangka Credit Cooperative.
Chief Arbiter for the Tournament was Alex Dinoy.  Mode of play was the Swiss System.  Games were played at the rate of 20 minutes plus 3 seconds delay for each side.
The tournament was organized by Excellent People’s MPC for the benefit of its Youth Development Program, and supported by the NATCCO Network.
Mr. Ariston Matias Jr., General Manager of EPMPC, said “We are encouraged by the big participation in the tournament.  This will be followed by a second one!”
Tournament theme was “Solidarity Thru Sport”.

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