ONE-hundred-sixty-seven players from different provinces such as Cebu, Negros Occidental, Leyte and other areas as far as Zamboanga, Davao, Misamis Oriental, General Santos City and the National Capital Region were on hand to witness the opening ceremonies of the Visayas Leg of the 2012 National Age Group Chess Championships held on April 7 at the Gov. Corazon Cabagnot Training Center in Kalibo, Aklan.
The tournament, which is sponsored and hosted by the Province of Aklan, headed by Gov. Carlito S. Marquez, will determine the final cast of participants in the grand finals, which will be held from April 23 to 30 in Tanauan, Batangas.
Grand finals champions will represent the country in the ASIAN Youth Chess championships in Sri Lanka on June 24 to July 4.
“In behalf of the Province of Aklan, I welcome all the participants of this tournament. We are very pleased with the number of players, who joined, considering that a lot of them came from Mindanao and Luzon,” Gov. Marquez said.
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