THREE of the six Filipino female players set to represent the country in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad will get a much-needed tune-up when they participate in the 4th United Queens Chess Club (UQCC) Women’s Cup chess tournament.
WIMs Kylen Joy Mordido and Catherine Pereña Secopito and Jerlyn Mae San Diego will test their mettle against other top female players in the one-day online competition organized by UQCC.
Mordido, Secopito and San Diego are part of the 12-player Philippine team which will open its campaign in Division 2 of the Online Olympiad on Aug. 12.
“Magandang training ito sa mga players natin, bukod pa dun sa FIDE Asian Online Chess Camp for girls na nilalahukan din ngayon nina Mordido at San Diego,” said Dasmariñas, Cavite chess team coach Roel Abelgas.
“Bukod sa online training namin, mahalaga na mahasa pa yun mga players natin sa actual competition gaya nitong sa UQCC,” explained Abelgas, who is also the coach of Mordido, San Diego, IM Daniel Quizon and Michael Concio.
The four players from Cavite earned the right to represent the country in the Online Olympiad following a series of eliminations conducted by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).
Mordido will play in the first team, along with United States-based GMs Mark Paragua and Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr. (men), WGM Janelle Mae Frayna and WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda (women) and IM Daniel Quizon (juniors).
San Diego will be one of the six reserves, along with GMs Darwin Laylo and Rogelio Antonio Jr., Bernadette Galas, Secopito and Concio.