It’s a beautiful Sunday morning yesterday, when forty-eight of the country’s top young chessers, who survived the tough five-leg eliminations in the last four months gather at Music Hall SM Mall of Asia for a battle royale. The winner of this leg will have the bragging rights of being the top honors in three division and also the winner, on a national level of the last Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship.
Yes, this maybe the last leg for Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship but not the last for the past winners. The camaraderie they able to build and memories of being part of the said activity will surely be remember.
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC), that sponsored this annual talent-search since 1992, is bowing out of the chess scene after 25 years, proud of its grassroots youth program that has helped boost the sport and produced world-beaters like GM’s Wesley So, Mark Paragua and Nelson Mariano II. This makes the final tournament doubly interesting and sentimental.
Like in the elims, the finals is a 9-round swiss system tournament with the seniors champion to received P30,000, the juniors winner P20,000 and the kiddies titlist P10,000 plus their respective trophies. The top female player will get P10,000 (17-20 age group), P5,000 (13-16) and P4,000 (7-12).
For all the finalist, participants, winners and organizers this day is truly worth to remember. The day that everyone reminisce their struggles and victory in achieving their dreams.
One participant said that, this event is not just playing chess and winning. For him, it is an opportunity that harness his talent and be able to travel around the Philippines for free.
This event was held to discover new chess talents, especially in the countryside and sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. Sponsored by global power, energy and gas technology leader Pilipinas Shell. Backed up by Shell Fuels (Shell Fuel Save), Shell Helix, Shell Rimula, Shell Advance, shell Card and Shell V-Power in cooperation with SM Supermalls.