The entire RP team is presently in training in Tagaytay. Men's skipper Sammy Estimo was today quoted by the Manila Bulletin: "We have a very good chance of approximating our performance two years ago in Mallorca, Spain. We have a fine mixture of veterans and young bloods in the team".
As part of their preparation, the Pinoy players were also issued with, wait for it Aussie readers, brand new laptops - courtesy of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines.
Meanwhile the Australian Olympiad Appeal is still happening and I should remember to donate! At the moment, the Fund has so far collected some $2,850.