The 24th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships’ National Capital Region leg will be held from June 11 to 12 at SM Megamall Event Center with the top three players in kiddies, juniors and seniors divisions and the best-placed female competitor gaining berths in the national finals set October 1 to 2, also at SM Megamall.
“We expect another full-packed field this year, especially with chess becoming popular again among the youth,” said Melanie Bularan, Social Performance and Social Investment Manager of Pilipinas Shell. “This is one of Shell’s innovative and sustainable programs for nation-building and we are hoping to continue discovering new talents from an ever-growing number of players now taking up the sport, especially at this stage when the tournament is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.”
At the end of the five-leg elims, a total of 48 players, 16 in each category, will slug it out for bragging rights as the year’s best plus cash prizes in the grand finals tipped to be tight and fierce.
The kiddies division will feature players from 7 to 12 years old (born between 2004-2009) while the juniors category is open to players 13 to 16 years old (born between 2000-2003. The seniors category is for players 17 to 20 years old (born between 1996-1999).
From the NCR, elims shifts to the Southern Luzon in Batangas on July 2 to 3 at SM City Batangas Event Center while SM City Cebu will host the Visayas leg from July 23 to 24.
Mindanao, which boasts of a wide base of talents through the years, will again hold two elims stages, the first – the Southern Mindanao leg on August 13 to 14 at SM Ecoland Davao Event Center and the other – the Northern Mindanao leg on August 20 to 21 at SM City CDO Event Center.
Previous grand finals winners are also allowed to join in their respective divisions provided they are still within the age limit. Listup is ongoing in the region where their school is located.
The event is open to all Filipinos, non-titled players who are bona fide students certified by their respective schools and registrars.
Registration forms can also be download at the Shell website www.shell.com.ph/shell_chess. Listup is on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 400 participants in the NCR and Southern Luzon (Batangas) legs and 300 each in the Visayas (Cebu City), Southern Mindanao (Davao City) and Northern Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro City) elims.
Play will be a nine-round Swiss system tournament from the elims to the national finals with time control of 20 minutes with five time-delayed mode (Bronstein system).