MANILA---READY and confident.
That's how members of the Philippine chess team, headed by World Cup bound Grandmasters Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua, described themselves in the upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) from June 29 to July 6 in Incheon, Korea.
"I will do my very best for flag and country," said the Taytay, Rizal native Barbosa.
"We are facing a very tough field.Let's just hope that we can all perform well," added Paragua, also the winner of the 2012 National Open Chess Championships dubbed as Battle of the Grandmasters held at the Cabagnot Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo Aklan last July.
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president and chairman Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. and secretary-general Cavite 7th district Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. tapped Asia's first GM Eugene Torre and NCFP executive director GM Jayson Gonzales to be the coaches of the Philippine Team that includes GM John Paul Gomez, Woman International Masters Catherine Perena, Bernadette Galas and WIM elect Janelle Mae Frayna.