The chase for berths in the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship grand finals shifts to Cebu next week when the Visayas stop of the five-leg regional circuit is staged July 23 to 24 at SM City Cebu, Cebu City.
Coming off a successful staging of its first two legs in NCR and Southern Luzon, organizers of the country’s longest-running talent-search brace for another huge field with maximum entries of 300 expected in each of the three divisions, including the battle for the female berths in each side.
Visayas has been one of the biggest sources of chess talents in the country with the region boasting of a number of masters and upcoming stars, thus guaranteeing a banner cast in the kiddies, juniors and seniors categories of the event sponsored by Pilipinas Shell.
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, introduced last year to widen the base of the talent-search, is for players 17 to 20 years old (born between 1996-1999).
For details, contact tournament director Alex Dinoy at 09183705750 or 09228288510 or Visayas leg coordinator Odilon Badilles at 09336190210.
Registration forms can also be downloaded at the Shell website www.shell.com.ph/shell_chess.