19th ASEAN Age Group Chess C’ships underway

A total of 366 entries coming from 12 different countries are eager to show their wares in this year’s edition of the ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship which got its 19th edition underway yesterday at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, here.
“We are honored to have these participants here to join the tournament’s 19th edition here in Davao City. For the Philippine delegation, we have strong chances on winning more gold medals but will be having tough competition against entries from Vietnam and Malaysia,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman Hon. Prospero A. Pichay yesterday during his welcome remarks.

Pichay welcomed the participants in grand rites joined by ASEAN Chess Confederation Founding Chairman Ignatius Leong, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey and respective delegation heads.

The number of entries surpassed last year’s edition held in Kuantan, Malaysia which had 230 participants from 10 participating countries and the country’s previous hosting back in 2010 which had 267 from nine countries.

Delegation heads who were also present during yesterday’s opening rites were Nguyen Minh Thang of Vietnam, Maung Maung Lwin of Myanmar, Osric Mooi of Singapore, Bunawan Bong of Indonesia and Peter Long of Malaysia who also had a short press conference with the local sports media.

Also present yesterday were chief local organizer and NCFP-XI director IA James Infiesto, GM Eugene Torre, NCFP Board of Director Atty. Ruel Canobas and Michael Aportadera of the Davao City Sports Development Division Office who represented Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Round one of nine for the Standard Chess category is playing as of presstime.

Categories to be played are the Under 8 years-old, Under 10 years-old, Under 12 years-old, Under 14 years-old, Under 16 years-old, Under 18 years-old and Under 20 years-old age group divisions. Separate events will also be stage for the Open Boys, Girls, and Seniors. Also to be played by the participants are the Rapid and Blitz events.

Participants of this year’s edition of the ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships will also be having a Free Day City Tour set on June 23 and a Social/Cultural Night which will be on June 25. The Social/Cultural Night will feature our participants not playing chess but will have different art performances.

More, a FIDE Arbiters Seminar will be held on June 22 to 24 with Leong, Infiesto and IA Bunawan Bong as lecturers.

CEREMONIAL MOVE  National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman Hon. Prospero Pichay (seated right) and young woodpusher Thaic Ngoc Nguyen Hoong of Vietnam shake hands after doing the traditional ceremonial move which opened the 19th edition of the ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships yesterday (June 19, 2018) at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. (Photo by Boy Lim)

CEREMONIAL MOVE
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman Hon. Prospero Pichay (seated right) and young woodpusher Thaic Ngoc Nguyen Hoong of Vietnam shake hands after doing the traditional ceremonial move which opened the 19th edition of the ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships yesterday (June 19, 2018) at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. (Photo by Boy Lim)

DIGNITARIES Congressman Prospero Pichay Jr., president National Chess Federation of the Philippines and the Royal Mandaya Hotel general manager Benjamin Banzon Jr. (4th and 2nd from left respectively) together with delegations from various countries for the 19th Asean Age Group Chess Championships during the opening held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Tuesday. Joining them are Osric Mooi, Singapore, Maung Maung Lwin of Myanmar, Ignatius Leon, Founding Chairman Asean Chess Federation, Atty. Ruel Canobas, Director NCFP, Bunawan Bong of Indonesia and Long Peter of Malaysia. BING GONZALES

DIGNITARIES
Congressman Prospero Pichay Jr., president National Chess Federation of the Philippines and the Royal Mandaya Hotel general manager Benjamin Banzon Jr. (4th and 2nd from left respectively) together with delegations from various countries for the 19th Asean Age Group Chess Championships during the opening held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel on Tuesday. Joining them are Osric Mooi, Singapore, Maung Maung Lwin of Myanmar, Ignatius Leon, Founding Chairman Asean Chess Federation, Atty. Ruel Canobas, Director NCFP, Bunawan Bong of Indonesia and Long Peter of Malaysia. BING GONZALES

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