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Quizon eyes strong finish at Kamatyas Invitational GM Tournament

International Master Daniel Quizon is expected to go all out when he competes in the Kamatyas Invitational GM Tournament 2023 starting Sunday, December 10, at the GM Eugene Torre Museum of Pan de Amerikana in Concepcion Dos, Marikina City.

At stake for the 19-year-old freshman student of Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng Dasmariñas is not only the prestigious trophy of the round-robin tournament, but also his third Grandmaster norm.

From left are International Arbiter Ricky Navalta, International Master Daniel Quizon and International Master Roderick Nava of Kamatyas Chess Club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFrom left are International Arbiter Ricky Navalta, International Master Daniel Quizon and International Master Roderick Nava of Kamatyas Chess Club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO 

FIDE, the world’s governing body in chess, requires a player to complete three GM norms and reach a chess rating of 2500 to become a full-fledged Grandmaster.

Quizon, who currently has an Elo rating of 2415, secured his second GM norm on Friday, December 8, after topping the open division of the Eastern Asia Juniors and Girls Chess Championship 2023 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

He arrived in the country Saturday morning, in time for the Kamatyas tournament’s opening on Sunday.

The pride of Dasmariñas City, who aims to become the country’s 18th Grandmaster, will plunge into battle in the 11th edition of Kamatyas tournaments against GM Susanto Megaranto (Elo 2495) of Indonesia, GM Tran Tuan Minh (2484) of Vietnam and Filipino GMs John Paul Gomez (2412) and Joey Antonio (2386).

Also competing in the closed standard chess tournament are Woman International Master Miaoyi Lu (2281) of China and Filipino IMs Paulo Bersamina (2428), Michael Concio (2403), Joel Banawa (2414) and Emmanuel Garcia (2403).

The champion in this FIDE-rated tournament jointly organized by International Master Roderick Nava and National Master David Almirol of the Kamatyas Chess Club will receive $4,000 while the second to fifth placers will go home with $2,000, $1,000, $800 and $700, respectively.

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