Mariano, UQCC to hold online chessfest

May 19, 2020
Mariano-Wagman & Jonah Andersson
Mariano-Wagman (left) with Fil-Swede friend Jonah Andersson.

THE first WIM Cristine Rose Mariano-Wagman birthday online chess championships presented by the United Queens Chess Club get underway today at Lichess.

The three-day competition is divided into three categories: Chess960 online tournament (open to all chess players) on May 19;  Kiddies (open to all players13 years old and below) and Seniors Non-Masters category (open to all non-masters 47 years old and above) on May 20; and the first Kings and Queens team battle on May 21.

At stake in the tournament are cash prizes for the top 10 placers in all three divisions.

"This is my way of sharing my blessings to all my friends in the chess community on my birthday, " said Mariano-Wagman, the five-time national women's champion now based in Sweden.

The Chess960 online tournament on May 19 will have a time control of two minutes plus one second. Duration is 90 minutes and berserk is not allowed.

The first up to the ninth placers as well as the top three female participants will receive cash prizes

On May 20 will be the kiddies competition for 13 years old and below which will apply a time control of five minutes plus five seconds. Duration is two hours and berserk is also not allowed

The seniors non-masters event on the same day will have three minutes and two seconds time control.

The third and final day on May 21 will feature the Kings and Queens Team Battle with a time control: 10 minutes and two seconds.

Cash prizes will be given to both team and individual winners.