Rhal was joined by the top 3 placers in the 6th Casiano Sol Cruz Jr Memorial Cup; Ian, Joseph and Jefferson. This was part of the prize that was co-sponsored by Guia. However, Joseph backed out at the last hour dahil masakit daw ang headache niya.The tournament was a 5-round played on standard time control of 1 hour and 30 minutes plus increment and played over 3 days.And this is open to non-masters.
According to NCFP Director and GM Jayson Gonzales, tournament with standard time control is very good for the development of chess players. With that note, I am inclined to make the coming Manuel M. Lopez Cup adopt a hour time control per player instead of the planned 25 minutes, for the HS Group at least.
The MML Cup will feature a special award for the top Meralco dependent, the GM Rosendo Balinas Award in honor of Meralco's only Grandmaster.Meralco dependents candidates are Paul Casiano of Bulacan State University, JC Andan of Ateneo, Rhal Sol Cruz and Earl Cabugao of La Salle, aaron aguado of Lourdes, JD Moje of International Montessori, Jeremiah Dantes of Camp Crame HS, Quintos brothers of QC Science HS, etc.
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