As a result of a variety of strokes of luck and a respectable finish at a regional chess event in March, Elmer Prudente gained himself a slot at the FIDE Earth Cup, held in Russia from July 11 to Aug. 6.
He is the lowest-rated player in the field of more than 200 players — all, like Prudente, winners of their districts. All of them are at least masters.
Prudente’s opening match is towards a entire world-rated participant, Sanen Sjugirov, actively playing in his household place. Prudente is only a prospect grasp, with no earth position. At least not yet, he said. He convinces himself that he has a opportunity.
“Why not? I’m only a candidate master. But I have crushed a large amount of grandmasters ahead of. And this excursion is already a dream come correct for me,” he stated. “Maybe I can get international master. Probably grandmaster. Who knows?”
Prudente has vivid memories as a 10-year-aged growing up in Iloilo, Philippines. His father had offered him the selection among academia and chess, and there was no hesitation: chess, Prudente answered.
And so Prudente would find out about chess. He sat with his dad for about two several hours each day, understanding the items and their powers, studying tactics such as forks, skewers and triple assaults. He was quickly superior adequate, and outdated more than enough, to perform other people. He could participate in as a great deal as he needed back then, claimed Prudente, now 56.
“In the Philippines, chess is a poor video game. You sit on the streets, underneath a tree, and you enjoy,” he stated.
At age 12, he was the second-best participant in his place, or at minimum, that is where he completed in his 1st tournament. He won 2nd place and 75 pesos. The exchange charge to U.S. dollars in 1977 built that well worth about $10, and $10 in 1977 was a great deal in the Philippines.
“For the very first time, I bought a lengthy pants. That was the initial matter. My father, he opened a financial institution account for me. I invested about 15, 20 pesos for the pants and slippers,” stated Prudente. “They had been Spartan slippers, extremely substantial class. Like donning Jordans.”
He retained on actively playing and additional than a 10 years afterwards, Prudente was ranked higher ample in the Philippine Chess Federation to symbolize his country in international competitiveness.
In 1989, Prudente performed in the prestigious U.S. Open up, successful his classification as a 24-yr-previous. He also experienced a likelihood to pay a visit to Guam and swiftly fell in enjoy with the Island. He discovered his way back again in this article in 1991.
“Here is wherever I discovered my valuable wife, Delia. Right here is where I had my 3 boys — my oldest Eric, then Mark Kevin who is a U.S. Maritime for 9 years, and there is my youngest, Elmer Jr., 25 a long time aged. He’s an architect,” mentioned Elmer Prudente. “Guam is great. The people on Guam are so friendly.”
He worked as a chef at the Palace lodge and on weekends, he’d look for chess motion. He located it at the USO in Piti and before long was coming property with $200 or more in his pocket from profitable matches.
“Fifty bucks a recreation! I would depart there with no shedding,” he explained. “It was fantastic for a while, until eventually no one would like to participate in you anymore,” he reported.
Then he gave up the match for 22 several years.
Back again in the recreation
Today, Prudente is back again. He claimed he’s not the participant he once was, and his head is not so sharp anymore.
He’s been practising for weeks on how he’ll open up the game against the Russian. One oversight and the match is above, he claimed, and his match as well.
“It’s a knock-out type. If you acquire, you even now enjoy. If you do not get, you go dwelling,” he said. “I hope I can remain. Just for the aircraft ticket, it price $4,450. The food items and lodging? With any luck ,, they can deduct that amount of money from my winnings.”