All set in Gov. Taliño-Mendoza Nat’l. Age-Group Chess

EVERYTHING is now set for the 2015 Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza Age-Group Chess Championships (Mindanao Qualifying Leg) slated on March 12 to 16 at the Amas Provincial Gym in Kidapawan, North Cotabato.

“Security measures have been taken cared of already and our venue is very safe since it is located inside the capitol grounds in Amas,” said North Cotabato provincial sports coordinator Romeo “Boy” Anito.

More than 250 players are expected to join in the Mindanao Qualifying Leg hosted by the provincial government of North Cotabato under Gov. Lala Taliño-Mendoza and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Phils. (NCFP).

The municipality of Midsayap is sending 30 players while the other  bulk of entries are from the nearby M’lang, Kabacan and Kidapawan City.

The other players are coming from Davao City, Koronadal City, General Santos City, Panabo, Tagum, Cagayan de Oro and Negros Occidental.

“We also heard that some players from Manila and Cebu, who failed to join the Luzon and Visayas legs are also arriving,” said Anito.

Gov. Taliño-Mendoza is bringing the Mindanao Qualifying leg closer to Cotabato to give more chances for their young players to make it to the national or international competition.

“She wants to discover and develop the next International Master Reggie Olay of Cotabato,” Anito said.

The 39-year old Olay, who is considered as one of the best athletes produced in Cotabato is now based in Singapore teaching chess to young children.

“We have a lot of potential future Reggie Olay here,” Anito said.

The top three winners in the Mindanao Qualifying leg from each category will qualify to this year’s Grand Finals of the National Age-Group Chess Championships slated in San Juan City in Metro Manila on April 12-19.

NCFP will send the national winners to represent the country to the 16th ASEAN + Age-Group Chess Championships in Singapore on June 8-17.

The tournament is open to all youth players from 20 years old and below both boys and girls. The categories are 20 and below, 18 and below, 16 and below, 14 and below, 12 and below, 10 and below and 8 and below.

Cash prizes, medals and trophies are up for grabs in the 6-round Swiss System event.

Registration fee is P300. All players must submit a copy of his/her birth or baptismal certificate as proof of age. Time control shall be 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment for each player to make all the moves necessary to finish the game using the digital clocks or two hours using mechanical clocks. Recording of moves in Algebraic notation is mandatory.

The deadline of registration on-line is on March 11. Titled-players (except CM/WCM) are ceded in the Grand Finals provided they confirm their participation through submission of their complete profile on or before March 10.

For more inquiry, email or visit the website: or text 09336635401(NCFP XI) or 09127529263 (PGO-Sports).


IM REGGIE Olay (right) teaching a young chess player in Kidapawan City

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