“The US tournaments are three days only and are not sanctioned by FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs, or World Chess Federation) thus the quality of competition is not that high," said NCFP executive director Willie Abalos.
Pichay earlier asked members of the national men and women teams to compete in two FIDE-sanctioned events in the Philippines – the 6th Pichay Cup and the 1st Florencio Campomanes Memorial Cup – since top GMs will compete in both tournaments.
The Pichay Cup is ongoing while the Campomanes Cup opens on Saturday.
Abalos added that they had already asked Antonio to return immediately so he could compete in the Campomanes Cup or else lose his spot in the national team.
More in NCFP plans to drop GM Antonio from RP chess team.
OK, maybe I'm missing something here, maybe the players have some sort of contract with the NCFP that requires them to do as they're told. But in the absence of such a formal agreement, isn't Antonio, as are all other players I imagine, a free agent?