Mordido, San Diego make most of online chess camp

August 05, 2020
Cong. Barzaga with Abelgas and members of Philippine team.
Cong. Barzaga with Abelgas and members of Philippine team.

THE Philippines is expected to reap the benefits of the valuable online training of WIM Kylen Joy Mordido and Jerlyn Mae San Diego as soon as they begin competing in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020 starting next week.

Noted player-coach Roel Abelgas said the participation of Mordido and San Diego in the Asian Online Chess Camp for Girls Under-20 should “help the two talented Filipino female players a lot in terms of strategy and techniques.”

Mordido and San Diego are the only two Filipina players invited to the 20-day online camp scheduled from Aug. 1-20 under the auspices of FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess and the Asian Chess Federation.

“I really think maganda yun mga lessons sa online camp nila, lalo na sa planning and strategy. Malaking factor yun para lalo pa silang mag-improve,” said Abelgas, the personal coach of Mordido and San Diego as well as two other Dasmariñas, Cavite-based members of the 12-player national team -- IM Daniel Quizon and Michael Concio.

“Masaya yun dalawa kong players sa mga natututunan nila since the camp started last Aug. 1. Magagaling yun mga instructors at siguradong madaming maituturo para lalo pa mag-improve yun mga games nila,” explained Abelgas, referring to the daily 3 p.m. online camp by FIDE and ACF.

“Bukod pa dito, tuloy  din yun regular online training namin dito sa amin sa Dasmariñas “Home of Chess” thru the generous support of Cong. Pidi Barzaga,” Abelgas told People’s Tonight.

“Madalas may tune-up kami with GMs Mark Paragua and Darwin Laylo, IM Ronald Dableo and NM Bob Jones Liwagon.”

Abelgas is looking to make the most of the  FIDE online camp and regular tune-ups for Mordido and San Diego to improve their  games.

“Sa tingin ko, si Kylen Joy needs to improve her game as white against d5 opponent and black against e4 opponent. Si Jerlyn Mae, kailangan mag-improve as white against e5 opponent and as black against e4 opponent,”explained  Abelgas.

Former world champion GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Judit Polgar, GM Arthur Jussupow, GM Lev Psakhis, GM Viktor Bologan and FIDE Trainers Commission head GM Jacob Aagaard will handle the chess camp exclusively for young and talented female players.

Among the topics already discussed were Isolated Pawn (Psakhis) last Aug.1; Building up an Opening Repertoire (Bologan) last Aug. 2; and Rook Endings and Calculation of Variations  (Jussupow) last Aug. 3-5.

Anand, a two-time world champion from 2000-2002 and 2007-2013, will share his experience as a world champion on Aug.14; while Polgar, one of three famous Polgar sisters, will talk about “Excelling Chess with Polgar.” on Aug. 15.

Aagaard will discuss positional play and attacking principles, Pskahis will talk about defense and hanging and central pawns.

The Filipinos’ campaign in the Online Olympiad will officially begin on Aug. 12 against nine other countries making up Group C.

With the Filipinos in Group C are Netherlands, England, Croatia, Slovakia, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and three qualifiers from Division 3.

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.

Joining her are GMs Darwin Laylo and Rogelio Antonio Jr., WIMs Catherine Pereña-Secopito and Bernadette Galas and Michael Concio.