The National Chess Federation of the Philippines filed a last minute appeal on Tuesday to revise their previously submitted entry as they prepare to begin their campaign today in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Zabuthiri Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Appealed changes in the line-up include the men’s ASEAN chess (individual rapid and individual standard), scheduled to start today.
Head coach Jayson Gonzales is hoping to enter GMs Joey Antonio and Mark Paragua in the rapid and GMs Eugene Torre and Darwin Laylo in the standard.
Antonio is taking over a slot initially allotted to GM Oliver Barbosa.
Team Philippines also hopes to enlist Barbosa and GM John Paul Gomez in the individual blitz event, while Torre, Laylo, Gomez and Antonio will compose the team for the rapid event.
WFM Jan Jodilyn Fronda is set to join WIM Cathering Perena and WFM Janelle Frana in the women’s ASEAN chess team rapid while Laylo is expected to team up with Barbosa, Perena and Frayna in the transfer mixed team blitz.
The letter of appeal was endorsed by Team Philippines’ Chef de Mission Jeff Tamayo when it was presented to him last Tuesday. By today, we will know if Philippines appeal has been approved.
A total of 18 gold medals are at stake for Chess in this year’s SEA Games. The Filipino woodpushers are set to join all events except the International Chess which is only known in Myanmar.
In the last 2011 SEA Games, Philippine chess managed to bring home only 1 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals. This year, NCFP eyes at least 3 gold medals.