ASIAN Youth 18-under chess champion John Marvin Miciano is set to embark on a journey to become the next Filipino grandmaster under the Go For Gold program.
To achieve his dream, the country’s youngest international master from Davao City must secure the required three GM norms by playing in more overseas tournaments against highly rated chessers.
"We all know how difficult it is to become a GM. But with the support of my family and sponsors such as Go For Gold, it will help me reach my dream," said Miciano.
First stop for Miciano is the Fide Asian Zone 3.3championships scheduled April 6-16 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The tournament will feature top-rated players from Vietnam and Indonesia.
"Chess is one sport where Filipinos can excel. It is a test of mental strength,’’ said Go For Gold godfather Jeremy Go. ``I think Marvin is one of our brightest young athletes who deserve our support.’’
Go, whose program supports eight other sports, has put his faith in Miciano, who led Far Eastern University to the UAAP title.
Aside from Miciano, Go For Gold already has a stable of champions in skateboarder Margielyn Didal, the Philippine dragonboat team from the Philippine Canoe-Kayak Dragonboat Federation, cycling hero Rex Luis Krog and reigning Southeast Asian Games men’s triathlon champion Nikko Huelgas.
Go For Gold is also backing the national athletes in wrestling, sepak takraw, the Philippine Air Force volleyball squad and has a team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.