Gov. Oscar S. Moreno youth chess set

GOVERNOR Oscar S. Moreno of Misamis Oriental and National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr. will open the Mindanao leg of the National Age Group Chess Championships on Saturday (March 24) at the Provincial Capitol Grounds in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.

The opening ceremony will coincide with the blessing of the city’s newly renovated chess plaza. The first round will begin Sunday (March 25).

“We’re very thankful to the local government of Misamis Oriental for supporting our mission of promoting chess in the countryside,” said Pichay.

Dubbed as the 2012 Governor Oscar S. Moreno National Age Group and Juniors Chess Championships, the event offers seats to international competitions for players 20 years old and below.

The host province provides free hotel accommodation to all participants at the Budgetel Hotel right at the heart of the city.

“We want to show the hospitality of Misamis Oriental through this event,” said Moreno.

The age group competition is divided into six categories for both the boys and girls namely Under-20, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12, Under-10 and Under-8.

The category champions will earn outright berths to the 2012 ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships in Hue, Vietnam.

The top five finishers in each category will also advance to the grand finals slated in Tanauan, Batangas from April 23-30 and get a chance to represent the country in the 2012 Asian Youth Championships in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the winners in the national juniors will play in the 2012 World Juniors Chess Championships in Athens, Greece.

For registration contact IA Gene Poliarco at 0923-7309445, IA Ilann Perez at 0949-1760889, FA Patrick Lee at 0927-7209260 or email For inquiries, contact Memen Moreno at 0926-4091345 or NM Domingo Oga at 0919-5695386. Noli Cruz

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