MANILA, OCTOBER 1, 2003 (MALAYA) From among their ranks may rise the country's next Eugene Torre, Joey Antonio or Bong Villamayor.

Members of the RP team to the World Youth Chess Championships in Haldiki, Greece were formally presented in yesterday's PSA Forum at the Manila Pavilion, all of whom Torre-the country and Asia's first ever grandmaster-himself referred to as the future of Philippine chess.

Eight of the 10-man team led by Oliver Barbosa showed up at the public sports program sponsored by Red Bull, Agfa Colors and Pagcor accompanied by Torre, RP team coach International Master Ronald Bancod, First Gentleman Foundation project director Rod Nepomu-ceno and FIDE honorary chairman Florencio Campomanes.

"They are the future. We want them to be inspired and motivated since this is their chance to represent the country and at the same time, hone their skills," said Torre.

Aside from Barbosa (under-18), also in the RP roster are Cheyser Mendoza (under-12), Cindy Atayde (under-14), Jan Jodilyn Fronda (under-10), Sherily Cua (under-16) and Ezra Alvarez (under-18) in the girls division while the boys' category include Joseph de Ramos (under-16), Elo Mariano III (under-14), Karl Victor Ochoa (under-12) and Wesley So (under-10).

Canlas, Infiesto triumph in PEACE chess

Engineer Ravel Canlas and James Infiesto stamped their class anew and ruled the Elite and Classic sections, respectively, in the 2003 Philippine Executive Active Chess Express or PEACE 2003 tourney.

Canlas, who topped the second leg last April 26, finished undefeated with four wins and two draws in the seventh leg held recently at Land Bank Plaza in Malate, Manila. Infiesto, winner of third leg last May 31, edged three others in a tiebreak.

Defending champion Jenny Mayor could have tied Canlas for first had he won his last round game against grand prix leader Tyrone Guya. But Guya forced a draw despite being a pawn down in a rook ending. Mayor finished in solo second with 4.5 points.

Guya wound up tied for third to fifth places with dentist Alfredo Paez and Dennis San Juan with 3.5 points each.

Tied for 6th-8th spots with three points apiece were Verth Alora, Christopher Rodriguez and Edwin Lorenzo.

Infiesto had five points, the same output of Abraham Dalagan, Christopher Castellano and Renier Ternura in the one-day six-round event organized by the Active Chess Center of Asia with the support of Belgosa Media Systems and Land Bank.

Grand prix leader Ramil Acosta was alone at 5th place with 4.5 points.

Retired Airforce Colonel Amando Labarda Jr. received the Belgosa Medal for Chess Excellence for being the under 1800 top performer.

Also figuring prominently with 4.0 points were Rey Reyes, Richard Villaseran, Robert Cacho, Reenan Hornilla, Valentino Bautista, Anthony Franco, Adler Enriquez, Raul Panfilo Carino and Vincent Paragas.

The eighth leg will be held on Oct. 25.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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