The Third Philippine International Chess Tournament opened in Manila last Saturday (5 October). The tournament?
The Third Philippine International Chess Tournament opened in Manila last Saturday (5 October). The tournament will last for twenty days. The tournament, The richest over to be held in Asia, is attended by 11 Grandmasters and five International Masters. Former World Champion Tigran Petrosian who defeated the then World Champion Botvinnik for the title in 1963 and lost it to Spassky in 1969, was among the Russian team which is participating in the Philippine tournament for the first time.
The ceremonial first moves to mark the opening of the tournament were made by Presidential Assistant Guillermo de Vega and Grandmaster Petrosian.
SYNOPSIS: Both the Soviet Union and the United States have strong teams. Besides former world champion Petrosian, the Soviet side included Grandmaster Vasiukov. The United States is represented by its Number Two player, Grandmaster Kavalek, who used to play for Czechoslovakia before going to America.
Eugene Torre, representing the Philippines, is the only grandmaster in Asia.
President Marcos sent a personal message to the Tournament. He extended a warm welcome to the participants and mentioned the increasing interest in chess among Asian players. He thanked the players and singled out for mention the Russian players, competing in the Philippines for the first time ever.