The Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships (SNYACC) swings to Mindanao this month with a huge turnout expected in the Northern Mindanao qualifying leg at SM City in Cagayan de Oro.
Organizers of the country’s longest running talent search brace for another banner field in the third leg of the five-stage regional elims on August 12 to 13, the region being one of the hotbeds of the sport in its more than two decades of staging.
A fierce battle looms in all three divisions with the top two from the kiddies, juniors and seniors divisions, plus the top female player gaining berths in the national finals slated in October.
Events on tap are the kiddies for players aged 7 to 12 (born between 2004 to 2009), juniors for 13 to 16 years old (born between 2000 to 2003) and seniors for 17 to 20 (born between 1996 and 1999) for boys and girls.
Twenty players have made it so far to the grand finals set Oct. 7-8 at SM Mall of Asia, including Francois Marie Magpily of Gen.Pio National High School, who ruled the junior division and took the female spot in the NCR stop of the circuit sponsored by Pilipinas Shell.
Meanwhile, Davao will host the next leg on Sept. 2-3 for the Southern Mindanao stage, also at SM City, before the regional elims winds up in Cebu for the Visayas qualifier on September 16 to17 at SM City.
The circuit, sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, is held to discover fresh talents, especially in the countryside, and develop them to become members of future national teams. It has produced top grandmasters, the foremost of which is current world No. 2 super GM Wesley So.
The event is backed by Shell V-Power, Shell Advance, Shell Rimula, Shell Helix, Shell Fuel Save, and Shell Card and held in partnership with SM Supermalls. It is open to all Filipinos, non-titled players who are bonafide students certified by their respective schools and registrars. Previous grand final winners are allowed to compete again in their respective categories provided they are still within the age limit.
Registration is ongoing on a first-come, first-served basis with slots limited to 400. For details, contact 09228288510. Registration forms can also be downloaded from https://www.shell.com.ph/shell_chess. Fee is pegged at P100.