2nd President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup
International Open Chess Tournament
November 21-28, 2007 * Manila, Philippines


Participation in the 2nd President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup International Chess Tournament is open to all.


Registration is free for GMs and players with FIDE ratings of 2450 and above. For other players, as follows with October 2007 FIDE Ratings of:
2400 to 2449 US$50 or P2,500
2300 to 2399 US$75 or P3,750
2100 to 2299 US$100 or P5,000

Deadline for Registration is October 31, 2007. Entries after the deadline shall pay double the registration fee.


Games will be played at Duty Free Festival Mall, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Manila, Philippines.


1. The 2nd President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup International Chess Tournament will be played in 9 rounds using the Swiss System.
2. The time control shall be 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
3. The FIDE Laws of Chess shall apply. All mobile phones should be closed. The tournament will be FIDE rated.
4. The Swiss Manager program shall be used for pairings.


Wednesday Nov. 21 Arrival
Thursday Nov. 22 Players Meeting 11:00 at official hotel
Opening and Rd 1 15:00-19:00
Friday Nov. 23 Rd 2 09:00-13:00
Rd 3 15:00-19:00
Saturday Nov. 24 Rd 4 15:00-19:00
Sunday Nov. 25 Rd 5 09:00-13:00
Rd 6 15:00-19:00
Monday Nov. 26 Rd. 7 15:00-19:00
Tuesday Nov. 27 Rd. 8 15:00-19:00
Thursday Nov. 28 Rd. 9 15:00-19:00
Closing 21:00
Friday Nov. 29 Departure

Forty Thousand U.S. Dollars (US$40,000) in cash prizes shall be awarded:

1st place US$ 6,000
2nd place US$ 5,000
3rd place US$ 4,000
4th place US$ 3,000
5th place US$ 2,000
6th place US$ 1,500
7th place US$ 1,300
8th place US$ 1,200
9th -14th places US$ 1,000
15th place US$ 900
16th place US$ 800
17th place US$ 700
18th place US$ 600
19th-32nd places US$ 500

Cash prizes shall be shared equally among tied players. Ties for Cups and trophies shall be broken by average rating of the 8 strongest opponents, then if still tied, 7 strongest, etc.


GMs shall be provided accommodation on a twin sharing basis, from one day prior to the opening to one day after the closing ceremony of the tournament.


For those who need visas, the Organizing Committee shall issue invitations for them to apply at the Philippine consulate in their countries.


All participating players are kindly requested to fill in the attached registration form, which should include passport copy, passport particulars of participants, and return the same to the Organizing Committee not later than October 31, 2007 to the NCFP Secretary General Abraham Tolentino ant_ncfpsecgen@yahoo.com.ph and ncfpsecretariat@yahoo.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to Manila!

Prospero Pichay
National Chess Federation of the Philippines