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Cebu to host Shell chessfest

The Shell National Youth Active Chess Championships (SNYACC) winds up its five-leg regional eliminations in Cebu on Sept. 16-17 with another banner field expected to join the hunt at SM City Cebu.

Like in the first four elims held in various regions, the Visayas leg offers berths in the national finals set next month at SM Mall of Asia, the chase for the top two spots in the kiddies, juniors and seniors divisions tipped to be fierce and tight.

Also at stake are spots for the top female player each in the 7-12, 13-16 and 17-20 age categories.

Thirty-nine players have so far advanced to the grand finals after the NCR, Southern Luzon, Northern and Southern Mindanao elims with nine more from the upcoming qualifier to join the championship on Oct. 7-8.

Another full-packed field is expected in the Cebu stop of the annual tournament sponsored by global power, energy and gas technology leader Pilipinas Shell, with the host city being one of the hotbeds of chess talents in the country, producing the likes of GMs Enrico Sevillano and Richard Bitoon, among others.

Registration is on-going on a first-come, first-served basis with slots limited to 300. For details, contact tournament coordinator Alex Dinoy at 0922-8288510.