by romeo braceros
Eighty of the best chess teams in the Philippines are set to join the National Open Chess Champion-ships on April 24 to 29 in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.
The champion of the prestigious chessfest will get P60,000 while the next three places will get P40,000, P30,000 and P20,000 respectively. The chessfest is open to both men and women.
The city government of Kidapawan has assured the participants of the chess-fest that they will impose strict security for the event. Davao City chess teams are also expected to join the chessfest.
No less than North Cotabato governor Emmy-lou Taliño-Mendoza, Kida-pawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista and North Cotabato Representatives Jesus Sacdalan of first district and Nancy Catam-co of second district are ex-pected to attend the ope-ning ceremony today.