May 24, 2024

Woodpushers in the Cordillera will compete in the fourth edition of the Highland Chess Team online chess tournament organized by the Benguet State University College of Human Kinetics on Aug. 7.
The competition will be played in seven rounds Swiss-system with five minutes and two seconds increment through the open-source online chess server Lichess.
“The Highland Chess Team aims to give Cordilleran chess players and enthusiasts an avenue to compete in the Lichess tournaments,” said Carlos Mama-o, Jr., one of the organizers. 
Registration is ongoing. Interested participants must first create a Lichess account by downloading the application. Once downloaded, the participant must join the Highland Chess Team, where they would indicate their address in the region, then proceed to join the BSU-CHK online tournament in Lichess.
Cash prizes will be given through GCash or load to top 10 finishers, top lady, top kiddy, and lucky number 15 participants.
Players are not eliminated in a Swiss-system tournament. Instead, they are paired in every round.
The number of rounds is predetermined and the player who earns the most points by the end of the tournament wins. 
During the 3rd Highland online chess tournament, Marlon Tallayo, an overseas worker in Qatar, emerged as champion among 44 participants.
Tallayo, from Besao, Mountain Province and a former University of Baguio varsity player from 1994 to 1998, joined the competition as a respite from his job.
UB varsity player Marc Francis Ba-lanay of Apayao was second placer while Far Eastern University varsity player Bea Mendoza of Baguio City settled for third. – Ofelia C. Empian