The second University of the Cordilleras Jaguars Online Chess Tournament hopes to see the second set of young chess masters this weekend, July 10 and 11.
At least 32 players 18 years and younger hope to duplicate the feats of Wycliffe Aromin and Darlene Dannog in the second staging of the online chess tournament over Lichess.
“We have 13 female and 19 male players registered for the tournament,” said UC Sports Development Office director Danilo Cong-o through private message.
“They were asking us to re-schedule the event because many are fulfilling their school requirements,” said Cong-o but games will proceed as scheduled.
The 14-round tournament offers cash prize and e-certificates to the top 10 placers in both boys and girls division.
Last May 8 and 9, Aromin, a Baguio City High School player, and Dannog, an Apayao Science High School lass, were the inaugural winners of the UC Jaguars Online Chess Tournament and named UC Chess Masters.
Aromin, the city’s former top kiddie player scored 12 of a possible 14 points to take the boys side of the event, while Dannog, meanwhile, punched her way to the girls crown even as she had a big challenge from Krizza Mae Biggayan of Saint Louis University – Tugegarao.
Cong-o said that cash prizes will be sent through GCash, while certificates will be sent through the players GMail.
He said that this is the first time that a chess tournament is held involving schools after the lockdown and eventual cancellation of face to face teaching as well as all sporting events.
“This is the best way to distress, since we believe that you are already bored with your modules,” he told the participants during the awarding rites via Zoom on May 9.