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Grand Masters Eugene Torre and Joey Antonio, Jr. - Top 2 Picks at PCAP’s 1st Draft

First Asian Grand Master Eugene Torre, whose famous lines “protect the center” led the top picks and joins Team Rizal, followed by GM  Rogelio “Joey Antonio, Jr. for Team Iloilo,
in the PCAP’s (Professional Chess Association of the Philippines) 1st Draft recently held at the Quezon City Sports Club. 

 L-R, Martin “binky” Gaticales of Team Antipolo, Commissioner Paul Elauria, Teasurer and from Team Caloocan Arnel Batungbakal, Chairman and Team San Juan Michael Chua, Team QC Danilo Pomay

PCAP Chairman Michael Angelo Ong Chua and Founding President Commissioner Paul Elauria excitedly announced that indeed it was a dream turned to goal and now a reality, as theworld’s first government-licensed Professional Chess League kicks off with 24 teams from all over the
Philippines.

Highlights of the event included the video message of Fischer Random World Champion GM Wesley So: “The Filipino should play chess. Who manages to survive no matter what the world throws at him? If you train your mind with chess, you will go much farther ahead in life.”


Here is the list of Teams, Owners and Picks for the PCAP Tournament, which will be formally opened on January 2021:

Team       

Rizal       
Eduardo S. Madrid              
GM Eugene Torre

Iloilo
Leo Sotaridona              
GM Joey Antonio, Jr.

Quezon City
Danilo Ponay
Michaella Concio

Iriga
Robert Jocom
NM Glennen Artuz

Negros
Atty Jason Banda
IM Joel Pimentel

Cordova       
Ariel Potot                 
Edsel Montoya

Antipolo       
McDaniel Ebao               
and  Ramel Ramilla
NM Jojo Aquino, Jr.

San Juan
Michael Angelo Ong Chua             
IM Ricky de Guzman

Mindoro
Mayor Elgin Malaluan             
FM David Elorta

Lapu-Lapu       
Aldwin Daculan
NM Merben Roque

Surigao       
Rey Urbiztodo                           
FM Vince Alaan

Manila       
Carlota, J. Paulo                        
and Angela Elauria
GM Ino Sadorra
and Angela Elauria

Camarines       
Engr. Jojo Buenaventura          
GM Mark Paragua

Olongapo       
Mr. Romy Armamento/         
Dr. Gefer Imbuido
NM  Gefer Imbuido

Cabuyao       
Dr. Fred Paez
GM John Paul Gomez

Toledo       
Atty. Jeah Jean Gacang         
 IM Rico Mascarinas

Cagayan   
Atty. Joel Butuyan              
Jake Tumaliuan

Zamboanga       
Zulfikar                 
IM Chito Garma

General Trias       
Represented by Israel Landicho   
and Ederwin Estavillo
NM Marlon Bernardino

Isabela       
Atty. Joel Alejandro            
NM Jerome Balico

Cebu       
Eduard  Dela Torre                     
NM Elwin Retanal

Caloocan       
Bong Velasco/                 
Arnel Batungbakal      
IM Paulo Bersamina

Pasig       
Represented by Coaches GM Darwin Laylo
Rechie Tugawin
and Franco Camillo      
GM Darwin Laylo

Palawan       
Jorge Mitra                 
WIM Shania Mae Mendoza
             

PCAP’s 1st Draft was graced by Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham.

“Baham” Mitra, who delivered an inspirational speech to boost the morals of the chess players and the organizers. For more updates, visit the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines’ (PCAP) official facebook and website http://philippineschess.com. 12/24/2020 (Runner Rocky)

 

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