The Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship (Shell Active Chess) braces for another full-packed roster when it holds the last of two Mindanao qualifiers—the Southern Mindanao leg on August 30 to 31 at SM City in Davao City.

 The Northern Mindanao leg was held last August 2 to 3 at SM City in Cagayan de Oro City. Registration is ongoing for the Southern Mindanao leg although the maximum field of 300 is expected to be filled up early as in past Davao elims. The longest-running and largest national youth chessfest has traditionally drawn a huge number of entries in the region.

The Southern Mindanao leg serves as the fifth of a six-stage nationwide circuit, with the final elims covering Northern Luzon set on September 13 to 14 at University of St. Louis in Tuguegarao. 

The top two finishers and the top female player in each leg will advance to the grand finals on October 11 and 12 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. 

The Shell Active Chess is open to non-titled children and young adults with two categories on tap—kiddies (aged 7 to 14) and juniors (aged 15 to 20).

What makes this year’s series unique is that the female players are now given the chance to shine against their male counterparts as they are pitted against each other both in the kiddies and juniors sections.

This year’s circuit coincides as well with the centennial anniversary of the energy and gas technology leader Shell in the Philippines, further enhancing its social investment projects in youth development through sports and the arts, in addition to its many other advocacies in the aspects of road safety, fuel efficiency, environmental management, and the like. 

The Shell Active Chess program partners include Shell FuelSave, Shell Advance, Shell Fuel Oil Plus, Unilever and SM Supermalls, sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. 

For listup and inquiries, contact Ronnie Tabudlong at (0943) 249-0821 or Alex Dinoy at (0922) 828-8510.