PH eyes two-peat in 19th ASEAN Chess fest

 FILIPINO woodpushers are looking to dominate the boards once more as the 19th edition of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation Age Group+ Chess Championship slated to be held Davao City this June 17 to 27.

After an astounding 83 gold, 37 silver and 29 bronze medal performance last year in Pahang, Malaysia, National Chess Federation of the Philippines President Cong. Prospero Pichay is confident that the Filipinos would deliver.

ASEAN CHESS IN DAVAO JUNE 17-27 National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Cong. Prospero Pichay (left) talks on the coming Association of Southeast Asian Nation Age Group Championships which will be held here in Davao this June 17 to 27. With him is PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey.

ASEAN CHESS IN DAVAO JUNE 17-27
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Cong. Prospero Pichay (left) talks on the coming Association of Southeast Asian Nation Age Group Championships which will be held here in Davao this June 17 to 27. With him is PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey.

“In the last ASEAN held in Malaysia, we became over-all Champions. I believe we can defend our title. Yes, I think we can even when we expect to have more participants this year ,” bared Pichay in a press conference held at the Philippine Sports Commission yesterday.

Around 500 chess players from more than 10 different countries are expected to compete in the event that will be competed in 14 age groups under the junior division and two age groups in the senior division.

AAG Director and Davao Coordinator James Infiento emphasized that aside from medals, victors from the event will also obtain an outright World Chess Federation’s FIDE Master and International Master chess titles.

Philippine Sports Commission Commissioner Charles Maxey expressed his positive expectations in the coming championship and said that, “this only goes to show that despite the area being under Martial Law, peace reigns in Mindanao and that we use sports to promote peace.”

Qualifying legs will be done in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to determine the official chess players that will represent the country in the chess tourney.

The Philippines last hosted the competition in 2010 held in Subic.

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