DAVAO CITY -- Buoyed by the streak of good luck of Mindanao starting with the election of President Duterte as the country’s highest official and the rise of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics, close to 300 young and talented chess players begin the battle for coveted slots to the 2016 Shell National Youth active chess championship at the SM City here Saturday.
At stake in the two-day championships presented by Pilipinas Shell are two Grand Final slots each in the kiddies (7-12 years old), juniors (13-16) and seniors (17-20) divisions as well as the top female division in this Southern Mindanao eliminations.
From Davao, the long-running chess circuit for young players winds up with the Northern Mindanao eliminations in Cagayan de Oro City on Aug. 20-21.
The twin Mindanao eliminations are expected to attract the brightest young chess talents from Mindanao.
“With a wide base of chess talents in Mindanao, we expect to discover more young and talented players who could someday join the national pool,” said tournament director Alex Dinoy.
The winners will join the other top finishers from the National Capital Region, Southern Luzon and Visayas in the Shell Grand National Finals set Oct. 1-2 at the SM Megamall.
Play will be a nine-round Swiss system tournament with a time control of 20 minutes with five time-delayed mode (Bronsteib system).
Registration forms in the Cagayan de Oro leg can be downloaded at the Shell website www.shell.com.ph/shell_chess.
Interested participants can also call/text Northern Mindanao coordinator Jun Cuizon at 0905-1166326. Listup is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Shell, a global leader in power, energy and gas technology, is promoting youth chess as part of the company’s commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where it operates.
Furthermore, Shell continuously works towards sustainability.