Ilocos Norte to host 2016 nat'l age group chess championship grand finals


Apr. 01, 2016 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Ilocos Norte Sports Development Office (INSDO) will host the 2016 National Age Group Chess Championship Grand Finals this April 2-8.

This was coordinated in partnership with the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, and Philippine Chess Federation.

Preceded by a program at the Centennial Arena in Laoag City at 9:00a.m., the competitions will follow at the Mariano Marcos State University−College of Teacher Education (MMSU-CTE) and continue until the last day.

Grandmaster (GM) Eugenio Torre, known as "Asia's First Grandmaster," will grace the opening ceremony with participants coming from all over the Philippines, each geographical region represented.

20 boards will be played simultaneously for a chess exhibition under GM Torre before the event proper, while a total of 168 players will be competing officially. The age groups are Under eight years old (U8), under 10 years (U10), under 12 years (U12), under 14 years (U14), under 16 years (U16), and under 20 years old (U20).

Provincial Sports Consultant Mr. Faivo P. Bartolome urges chess enthusiasts and veterans alike to join the opening ceremony and competition proper, saying "we are trying to coordinate with them to conduct a chess clinic after the opening ceremony," which will be a valuable opportunity for aspiring chess masters.

"We're inviting everyone to attend the opening ceremony because at the actual event, posibleng limited ang pwedeng manood, so yung mga may gustong manood at makakita kay Grandmaster Torre, doon na tayo sa Centennial Arena," he added.

Ilocos Norte recently shone during the 2015 Asean Age Group Chess Championships held in Singapore when ten-year-old Mhage Gerriahlou F. Sebastian of Pasuquin bagged a gold and silver medal as part of the Philippine chess team that garnered a total of seven golds, 13 silvers, and 15 bronzes at the same competition.

Of this, Governor Imee R. Marcos had said, "The Ilocano youth are the ones who really have the potential to lead and bring back the greatness of our province," expressing her joy at Ilocos Norte being chosen as the host province.