The search for future chess stars resumes next weekend when the 24th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships holds the Southern Luzon leg on July 2 to 3 at SM City Batangas Event Center in Batangas City.
Organizers of the country’s longest-running talent search expect another full-packed field in all three divisions, this being a regular stop of the annual circuit sponsored by Pilipinas Shell, a global leader in power, energy and gas technology.
The innovative chess tournament is open to all Filipinos, non-titled players who are bona fide students certified by their respective schools and registrars. Registration is ongoing.
Registration forms can be downloaded 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.
Play will be a nine-round Swiss system tournament with time control of 20 minutes with five time-delayed mode (Bronstein system).
The circuit kicked off with the National Capital Region leg two weeks ago with Marc Bacojo topping the kiddies division, Julius Gonzales ruling the juniors section and Lawrence Magura snaring the seniors crown.
The troika along with their respective runners-up and third placers plus the top female players in all categories thus gained berths in the national finals slated October 1 to 2 at SM Megamall.
Meanwhile, SM City Cebu will host the Visayas leg from July 23 to 24 while Mindanao, which boasts of a wide base of talents through the years, will again stage two elims legs, 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 Aug. 20-21 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.