PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte gave their full support to the 19th ASEAN+ Age Group Championships slated June 18 to 28 in Davao City.
“We in the government root for your success and hope that you will accomplish greater feats in the future,” said Duterte through a letter. “Together, let us harness the strengths of one another and continue our path towards real and lasting change.”
For the Presidential Daughter, chess can be an avenue for participants to be successful not just in the sport but also in life.
“The game of chess has always been considered a metaphor for life, with the skills invaluable in chess also considered invaluable in life like discipline, courage, determination, sacrifice, and the ability to take risks and to make careful, calculated decisions arrived at after various considerations,” she said.
The host city Mayor is pulling out all the stops to make the 11-day tournament, which is organized by Chess Events International and sanctioned by National Chess Federation of the PH president Butch Pichay, a successful one.
Last week, the Department of Education has also allowed student participants who will miss classes remedial exams or special classes while the PH Sports Commission has also committed to support the event.
CEI official James Infiesto said they expect more or less 300 wood pushers from Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific countries to join.
“We’re expecting participation from our SEA neighbors including powerhouse Vietnam and some countries from the Asia Pacific like China and India,” said Infiesto.
The country’s campaign will be led by FIDE Master-elect Daniel Quizon, a 14-year-old prodigy who is being groomed as the country’s next Wesley So.