National age-group series opens in Sta. Rosa

THE first leg of the 2012 National Age-Group and National Junior chess championships will start on Thursday (March 1) at the 2nd floor of Sta. Rosa Commercial Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

It will be the first of a series of elimination tournaments nationwide. Supporting the event organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) is the city government of Sta. Rosa headed by Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas and city sports coordinator Dennis Aquino.

The tournament, open to all youth chess players aged twenty years old and below, will be divided into  the following categories: 20 years & below (boys and girls); 16 years & below (boys and girls); 14 years & below (boys & girls); 12 years & below (boys and girls); 10 years & below (boys and girls); and 8 years & below (boys and girls).

The age-group competition is set on March 1-4 while the juniors event is slated on March 5-8. The top five players from each category will advance to the grand finals in Tanauan City, Batangas on April 23-30.

All age-group leg champions will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the 2012 ASEAN+ Age-Group chess championships in Hue, Vietnam on June 10-20 while the grand final winners will earn the right to represent the Philippines in the 2012 Asian Youth championships in Sri Lanka. The boys and girls junior champions will be the country’s representatives in the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athens, Greece on August 1-16.

Interested parties may register through the NCFP website at or contact Dr. Alfredo Paez, NCFP Region IV-A provincial coordinator, at 0915-511-5870 or 0921-272-8172; Dennis Aquino at 0939-939-4922); IA Gene Poliarco at 0923-730-9445; IA Ilann Perez at 0949-176-0889; or FA Patrick Lee at 0927-720-9260. Noli Cruz

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