Back to Back Philippine Opens - the ASEAN Grand Prix Continues!

Two back to back International Opens are confirming the commitment of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) which is being so ably led by their energetic President Prospero "Butch" Pichay, to making the inaugeral ASEAN Grand Prix a success.

Both tournaments are being held at the Subic Exhibition & Convention Centre at Subic Bay Freeport, Olangapo City - the recently concluded 11 round 2nd Philippine International Open from 7-14 May and now the 9 round Subic International Open which is being played from 16-24 May. See for results and updates.

Once again I have been honoured - this time by being the Chief Arbiter of the 1st ever Subic Interational Open, my second such high profile assignment, the other being part of super technical team put together for the Asian Indoor Games in Macau last year.

In fact, from the 5 legs held to date this year, 4 have been organised by the Philippines with Singapore Chess Federation contributing the other leg. Indonesia has concentrated on invitational and round robin tournaments while Vietnam has so far been focusing on major youth events like the ASEAN Age Groups and World Youth Championship.

But much much more is to come for the second series with many more legs being planned and other Asia countries even proposing to join up and expanding the circuit!

So while we can expect changes, for now the 2008 calendar for the new series is as follows:

1st Leg: PGMA Open, Philippines - 24 to 31 August 2008
2nd Leg: Pichay Cup, Philippines - 1 to 8 September 2008
3rd Leg: Singapore Open, Singapore -12 to 19 December 2008
4th Leg: Dragon City Open, Vung Tau, Vietnam - 19 to 26 December 2008


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