Mindanao braces for a two-week battle of wits as it hosts the final two legs of the 24th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships in Davao and Cagayan de Oro this month.
The SM Ecoland Davao Event Center will stage the fourth leg of the five-stage regional circuit for the Southern Mindanao tournament on August 13 to 14 before the nationwide elims winds up at SM City CDO Cyberzone for the Northern Mindanao event on August 20 to 21.
Both stops are expected to draw in full-packed fields with Mindanao boasting of a wide base of chess talents through the years.
Registration is ongoing with the innovative chess tournament open to all Filipinos, non-titled players who are bona fide students certified by their respective schools and registrars. For details, contact 09183705750, 09228288510, 09432490821 or 09051166326. Registration forms can also be downloaded at the Shell website www.shell.com.ph/shell_chess.
Previous grand finals winners are also allowed to join in their respective divisions provided they are still within the age limit, according to the organizers of the annual circuit sponsored by Pilipinas Shell, a global leader in power, energy and gas technology.
Listup is on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 300 participants in both legs. Play will be a nine-round Swiss system tournament with time control of 20 minutes with five time-delayed mode (Bronstein system).
Titles to be disputed are the kiddies (7-12), juniors (13-16) and seniors (17-20) with the top two finishers and the top female player in all categories gaining berths in the grand finals, which also features the other top finishers in the National Capital Region, Southern Luzon and Visayas regional elims.
The national finals will be held October 1- to 2 at SM Megamall.