Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Estimo: RP Chessers Doomed

This seems like it's a badly timed opinion piece given that there is still one more round to play, but I suppose Sammy Estimo just had to vent.

Our team to the Dresden Chess Olympiad was doomed even before it left. Its composition—from a faulty national qualifying system—and board assignments were pitiful.

Top officials of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), led by Prospero Pichay and Abraham Tolentino, could not be persuaded to include veteran Grandmaster Eugene Torre in the lineup, and that presaged the sorry campaign of our team, once a board terror in previous Olympiads.

Read more in RP chess squad doomed from the start.


Anonymous said...

What has Estimo contributed to Phillippine chess?

WAWARTZ said...


Anonymous said...

Estimo is, a has been, sore loser, and the no. one alimango of Philippine chess.

Estimo failed to state the fact that Torre and Antonio started it all by acting like primo dondos by refusing to play in the qualifying.

Their experience could have benefited the young talents.

But not all is lost. There is always the growing up pain of getting strong. But the young GMs and IMs need to play more in strong international tournaments.