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England's Short leads formidable roster in Negros open chess tiff

Nigel Short | Photo from Short's Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Former World Challenger Nigel Short of England will spearhead a strong cast battling in the 2017 Negros International Open Chess Championship slated October 11-19 at the Ikthus Oshron Hall in Bacolod City.

The 52-year-old Short, who lost to Gary Kasparov in a world title showdown in 1993, is currently ranked 55th in the world with a FIDE rating of 2698 and would be the heavy favorite to top the nine-round Swiss System event staking a top purse worth US$3,000 or a cool P153,000.

Hosted the Piaya Network Broadcasting Corp. in cooperation with the A&V Negros Chess Club, the event also attracted Vietnamese GMs Tuan Minh Tran and Duc Hua Nguyen and Indian GM Srinath Naranayan as well top locals GMs Joey Antonio and Darwin Laylo, International Masters Ronald Dableo, Oliver Dimakiling and Haridas Pascua.

Other notable masters participating are IMs Kim Steven Yap, Chito Garma, Joel Pimentel, Ronald Bancod and Richellieu Salcedo.

Outside the champion, the top finishers get to take home a prize with the second to fifth placers receiving US$2,500, $2,000, $1,5000 and $1,000, respectively.

Aside from the Open category, there is also the Challenger division where the champion gets to pocket P25,000.

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