JOHN Marvin Miciano of Go For Gold Philippines begins his quest for a grandmaster norm on Tuesday in the Eastern Asia Chess Championship in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The 18-year-old Asian Youth chess champion is upbeat about his chances in the Fide-rated tournament that will run until April 16, saying he is determined to take a step closer to becoming the country’s next GM.
"I need to compete in more international tournaments with highly-rated players and I’m hoping to get my first GM norm here in Mongolia,’’ said Miciano, who is backed by Go For Gold in his bid to secure the three GM norms.
The chess prodigy from Davao City missed the GM norm by just 0.5 points when he placed 12th out of 242 participants in the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament in Vlissingen, Netherlands in August last year.
"When I saw his credentials, I knew he has great potential to become a GM,’’ said Go For Gold godfather Jeremy Go. ``He deserves our support.’’
Miciano also finished 11th overall out of 105 chessers in the Open International De Sitges in Spain where majority of the entries were GMs and Ims.
In the ongoing Mongolia meet, the Philippine junior chess champion will play nine rounds in the Fide Zone 3.3 tourney against Asia’s top players, including GM from Vietnam and Indonesia.