THE much-awaited "Philippines-Sweden All-Female Chess Showdown" will not only showcase the top female players from both countries, but will also feature upcoming stars now ready to challenge for supremacy.
One of these players to watch is Filipino-Swede standout Jonah Carrio-Andersson, who will play for Sweden in the 20-board online chess tournament at Lichess.
A software developer/programmer now married to a Swedish machine operator, Carrio-Andersson learned to play chess online thru the help of FM Nelson "Elo" Mariano III of Red Kings Manila
" I didn't play chess when I was there (Philippines) dahil tingin ko mahirap," said the 33-year-old BS Computer Science graduate of Asian College of Science and Technology-Dumaguete In an interview.
"But when I moved to Sweden almost 10 years ago and met my husband Gosta, he taught me how to play chess at home during our free time," added Carrio-Andersson, who now lives in Harmanger, a city located on the east coast of Sweden.
Carrio-Andersson, who became a member of Sundsvalls Schacksallskap Chess Club with a motivation from former national women's champion Cristine Rose Mariano-Wagman, said she is excited to play against Filipina players.
"It is an honor to have a goodwill match with the members of the Philippine team of Filipina players and also be part of the Swedish-team Damdrag.”
Mariano-Wagman had good words for Carrio-Andersson.
"Magaling din sya (Andersson). Sabi nya na-inspire daw sya sa akin naglaro kaya nagsumikap mag-aral. Tapos si bunso (Elo) pa ang nagturo sa kanya," said Mariano-Wagman, who became a Swedish citizen in 2016.
Mariano-Wagman is organizing the first-of-its- kind competition with the help of the United Queens Chess Club.
Supporting them is WFM Susanna Berg, widely considered as Sweden "Ambasadress" of women chess.
Interestingly, Mariano-Wagman decided to play for Team Philippines against Sweden.
"Gusto nga po sana nila na sa Swedish team ako maglaro, pero pinili ko sa Philippines para makasana ko ma-inspire ko ang mga kababayan natin,” explained Mariano-Wagman.
"Sa ngayon ako pa din ang pinaka senior sa team," she added.
WGM Janelle Mae Frayna will spearhead the Philippines’ campaign in the online dual match.
Joining Mariano-Wagman and Frayna in the Philippine team are WIM Catherine Pereña-Secopito, WIM Shania Mendoza, WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego, WIM Bernadette Galas, WIM Kylen Joy Mordido, WIM Vic Glysen Derotas, WFM Cherry Ann Mejia, WFM Allaney Jia Doroy, WFM Samantha Glo Revita, WFM Ella Grace Moulic, WFM Jerlyn Mae San Diego, WNM Francois Marie Magpily, Rowelyn Joy Acedo, Franchell Eds Javier, Daphne Dy, Mary Joy Tan, Florence Faith Guevarra and Zsuzsa Tabudlong.
Sweden will be bannered by WIM Inna Agrest, WIM Christine Andersson, WIM Viktoria Johansson, WFM Jelena Andric, WFM Emilia Horn, WFM Susanna Berg, Eva Johansson, Alva Ling Tran, Matia Berg, Linn Olsson, Cajsa Lindberg, Pia Franson, Yvonne Wetterling, Angelica Lindberg, Victoria Stromberg, Paula Svensson, Jonah Andersson, Ofelia Eriksson, Julia Östensson and Helena Gustafsson.