INTERNATIONAL Master Ricardo “Ricky” De Guzman will be the man to beat in the qualifying round of the Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas Jr. Memorial Chess Tournament on August 17 at the Activity Hall of Alphaland Makati Place.
The 1982 Asian Junior Champion De Guzman looms as the player to beat owing to his big wins as the top Filipino performer in the standard competition of the 17th Asian Continental Chess Championships-2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup at the Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati last December.
The pride of Antipolo City De Guzman also won the Open Kitchen Chess Tournament last June 18 and the 7th leg of National Executive Chess Championships dubbed as Grandmaster Rosendo Balinas Jr. chess cup last June 22.
The event will be played in a 7-round Swiss System format, 20 minutes plus five seconds delay mode. — Marlon Bernardino