Wednesday, July 18, 2007



DEFENDING CHAMPION San Pedro, bannered by former De La Salle University-Manila stalwart, Engr. Joel Anthony Hicap, veteran campaigner Ricky Merano, fast-moving Ervil Villa, Bernard Punzalan & Arsenio Valencerina Jr, is heavily favored to win the Open Division of the 2007 Governor Lazaro Inter-Town / Inter-Commercial Chess Team Championship on August 4-5 at Rockpoint Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, Brgy San Antonio II, San Pablo City.

Powered by one of Laguna's top junior players, Bryan Cyril Martinez, Arvin San Juan, Rommel Ortillo, Cesar Nikko Sechico & John Mikko Gotengo, the Letran-Calamba leads in the Mixed (Juniors, Women, Kiddies) Section.

Led by Rodolfo Panopio Jr, conqueror of a Chinese grandmaster, during the 2007 Philippine International Open Chess Championship in Subic last April, the Calamba City is also a contender for the top plum.

Organized by the Laguna Chess Association, in cooperation with the, Provincial Sports & Games Development Office, the tourney offers P20, 000 plus trophy for the champion team. With the expected entries coming from Sta. Rosa City , San Pablo City , Cabuyao, Los Banos, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan, Lumban, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Famy, Siniloan, Sta. Maria, Mabitac, Pakil, Pangil, Cavinti, & Paete, this year's event is seen to be the biggest Laguna Inter-town / Inter-commercial.

The deadline for registration is July 30. All players are required to wear their respective team uniforms during play. Players are reminded to be in proper dress code.

For further inquiries, pls contact Laguna Chess Association President, Dr. Alfredo Paez at (049) 5317628 / (0921) 2728172. (MARLON BERNARDINO)


I San Pedro – Engr. Joel Anthony Hicap
Ricky Merano
Ervil Villa
Bernard Punzalan
Arsenio Punzalan Jr.

II Calamba City – Rodolfo Panopio Jr
Ruel Gonzales
Richie Jocson
Rommel Revilla

III Cabuyao Engr. Edwin Lorenzo
Vicente Vargas
Henry Boroc
Anthony Gallon
Balden Corpuz

This Laguna tournament is incomplete without the province pride, IM John Paul Gomez. C'mon guys, why aren't you dying to get him in to any of your teams?

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