Players are expected to begin arriving today for tomorrow's opening round of the 1st President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Cup Chess Challenge event in Manila. This is a 9-round tournament lasting until 23 November.
The list of foreign players who have registered is quite impressive: Zhang Zhong, Ni Hua, Zhang Pengxiang, Utut Adianto, Edhi Handoko, Alexander Onishuk and Varuzhan Akobian. "Wow" is about all we can say! We understand that Michal Krasenkov may be a possible entry but that is awaiting confirmation.
Hopefully, the NCFP will provide daily updates to the GMA via their new website. Failing that, we'll have to rely on some of our friends there in RP to relay some info to our Pinoy readers here in Oz and elsewhere. This looks set to be a big tournament and we're very excited. Good luck to our local masters!