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Shell chess NCR leg set

The Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships (SNYACC) braces for a full-packed field when the second leg of the five-stage regional circuit resumes on July 8-9 for the National Capital Region stop at SM Mall of Asia’s Music Hall in Pasay.

Keen competition is seen as top players and rising stars from the leading Metro Manila schools and nearby cities slug it out for top honors in various divisions of the 9-round Swiss system tournament. The top three and the No. 1 female player from each category will gain berths in the national finals.

Registration is on-going on a first-come, first-served basis with slots limited to 400. For details, contact tournament coordinator Alex Dinoy at 0922-8288510. Registration forms can also be downloaded fromwww.shell.com.ph/shell_chess. Fee is pegged at R100.

Events on tap are the kiddies for players aged 7 to 12 (born between 2004 to 2009), juniors for 13 to 16 years old (born between 2000 to 2003) and seniors for 17 to 20 (born between 1996 to 1999) for boys and girls.

The country’s longest-running talent-search kicked off its milestone 25th season in Batangas City last month with Philippine Science High School’s Stephen Rome Pangilinan winning the juniors crown, Michael Concio Jr. of Dasmariñas National High School in Cavite snaring the kiddies plum and Lyceum’s Jonathan Jota dominating the seniors play.