All-Star Game also set in May
The second conference of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) is already in the works by dubbing it as the “Wesley So Cup.”
PCAP Commissioner Paul Elauria said the 27-year-old Cavite-born Grandmaster, who recently became an American citizen, is throwing his support to the association by sponsoring the prize money in the conference.
“We have been in constant communication with GM Wesley (So) and the idea to sponsor the conference came from him,” Elauria said.
“This just shows that GM Wesley (So) still wants to continue supporting Filipino players despite his move to the United States.”
The second conference will be a Reinforced tournament this time, as teams can invite non-Filipino players to fuel the squad.
Specific details, however, will be discussed in the coming weeks as PCAP officials meet with team owners but organizers eye to hold it from May until July.
PCAP also plans to hold an All Star Game prior to the Reinforced Conference next month where the best players from the Northern Division clash with the cream of the crop in the Southern Division.
PCAP Chairman Michael Angelo Chua said the all-star team selection will be based on fan votes that they will launch next week, as well as player votes.
Coaches, however, will come from Division champion teams Laguna Heroes (North) and Camarines Soaring Eagles (South).
Meanwhile, the Open Conference – the third and last in the season – is scheduled late this year with organizers planning to invite a foreign squads to compete.
The All Filipino Conference recently concluded over the weekend with the Laguna Heroes winning the title over the Camarines Soaring Eagles.