Pinoy woodpushers look to extend reign in 19th ASEAN Chess Championships

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 10, 2018 05:13 PM
Pinoy woodpushers look to extend reign in ASEAN Chess meet
NCFP President Cong. Prospero Pichay (left) together with PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey (right) in a press conference for the 19th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championship that will be held in Davao City on July 17 to 27, 2018.

Filipino woodpushers are looking to dominate the boards anew as the 19th edition of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations+ Age Group Chess Championships rolls on this June 17-27 in Davao City.

After taking home 83 gold, 37 silver and 29 bronze medals last year in Pahang, Malaysia, National Chess Federation of the Philippines President Cong. Prospero Pichay is confident that the Filipinos would deliver once more.

“In the last ASEAN [chess championship] held in Malaysia, we became overall 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.

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.

PSC 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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