Mas Hafizulhelmi beat Philipines Girls Under 18 Champion- Kimberly Jane Cunanan in the 1st round of the 3rd Philippine Open International Chess Tournament held at the La Legenda Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City. Philipines today. He will meet Myanmar - IM Nay Oo Kyaw Tun in the 2nd round tommorow.
While the commitment to represent their country, devastated by Cyclone Nargis (photo right) as it ripped through the Irrawaddy Delta on May 2 was foremost in their minds, all the Burmese chess players wanted was information – any piece of news – on the fate of their relatives back home.
International Master (IM) Nay Oo Kyaw Tun, 32, who lives in Mandalay, has an uncle in Rangoon. “I am sad about what happened. Our people, so sad. My Uncle, no news.” Mandalay is more than 640 kilometers fromRangoon.