Davao takes its turn to host the 24th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships with the Southern Mindanao leg slated August 13 to 14 at the SM Ecoland Event Center.
The penultimate leg of the five-stage circuit sponsored by Pilipinas Shell is expected to draw in a full-packed field the way it had attracted huge number of participants in the past with the 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 tournament director Alex Dinoy at 0918-3705750 or 0922-8288510, or Southern Mindanao leg coordinator Ronnie Tabudiong at 0943-2490821.
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.
Registration forms can also 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 300 participants. 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 in what has been considered as the spawning ground of chess talents 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, Visayas and Northern Mindanao regional elims.
The national finals of the annual event, sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, will be held October 1 to 2 at SM Megamall.