ALL is set for the National Capital Region leg of the Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships on Saturday and Sunday at SM Mall of Asia’s Music Hall.
Top players and rising stars from the leading Metro Manila schools and nearby cities battle for top honors in various divisions of the nine-round Swiss system tournament. The top three and the No. 1 female player from each category will gain berths to the national finals.
Events on tap in the second leg of the five-stage regional circuit are the kiddies for players aged 7 to 12, juniors for 13 to 16 years old and seniors for 17 to 20 for boys and girls.
The 25th season of the chess series opened in Batangas City last month with Philippine Science High School’s Stephen Rome Pangilinan winning the juniors crown, Michael Concio Jr. of Dasmariñas National High School in Cavite snaring the kiddies plum and Lyceum’s Jonathan Jota dominating the seniors play.
Others who advanced to the national finals set Oct. 7 to 8 also at SM MOA were runners-up Daniel Quizon (juniors), Mark Jay Bacojo (kiddies) and Romulo Curioso Jr. (seniors) along with top female players Kylen Joy Mordido (juniors), Daren dela Cruz (kiddies) and Venice Vicente (seniors).
Only in the NCR leg will the top three players from each side earn berths in the grand finals.
The Northern Mindanao qualifying leg is set at SM City Cagayan de Oro on Aug. 12 and 13 for while the Southern Mindanao stage will be held at SM City Davao on Sept. 2 and 3.
The regional eliminations winds up with the Visayas qualifying at SM City Cebu on Sept. 16 and 17.
Wesley So, Mark Paragua and Nelson Mariano II played in the Pilipinas Shell before earning Grandmaster titles.
The event is open to all Filipinos, non-titled players who are students certified by their respective schools. Previous grand final winners are allowed to compete again in the tournament is backed by Shell V-Power, Shell Advance, Shell Rimula, Shell Helix, Shell Fuel Save, Shell Card and SM Supermalls.
Registration is on-going on with slots limited to 400. For details, contact Alex Dinoy at 0922-8288510. Registration forms can also be downloaded from www.shell.com.ph/shell_chess.