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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, January 6, 2012

ButtonPreparations start for 2012 WVRAA
ButtonFilipino GMs in good start at India Open chess tourney

Preparations start
for 2012 WVRAA

About 3,000 delegates from the six provinces in the region are expected to converge in Bacolod City on March 12 to 16 for the 2012 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet.

As host of this year’s WRAA, the Negros Occidental Provincial Sports Office and the Department of Education are pooling their efforts to ensure that venues for the games and billeting areas for the delegates are ready for the biggest school-based sporting event in the region.

During the opening of the 2011 Provincial Meet at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in December, Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa said most of the games will be played at the Stadium.

Filipino GMs in good start at
India Open chess tourney

Grandmasters Oliver Barbosa, Mark Paragua and John Paul Gomez of the Philippines waylaid their respective foes to jump-start their bids in the SDAT-RMK 4th Chennai Open Grand Master Chess Tournament yesterday in Chennai, India.

Taytay, Rizal native Barbosa subdued Gur Azikri in the first round, then toppled Pratik Patil in the second; Marilao-Meycauayan, Bulacan star Paragua dismantled Kumar Atul and PC Iyer Akash, while Binan, Laguna bet Gomez trounced G. Apurva and Ja Gireman.

The triumvirate, backed up by National Chess Federation of the Philippines chairman/president Prospero  Pichay Jr., Philippine Sports Commission  chairman Ricardo "Richie" Garcia and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose  Cojuangco, shared first to 56th places in the huge group of perfect two pointers that include top-seed GM Aleksej Aleksandrov of Bulgaria.

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