The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) is conducting the 2012 NATIONAL OPEN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (Men & Women) to select the members of the Philippine team to the 41st Chess Olympiad to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from August 27 – September 10, 2012.
In line with the mission of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to discover new athletes and select the best players to represent the Country in International Competitions, elimination tournaments will be held nationwide to select the qualifiers for the Semi-finals. These elimination tournaments are open to all untitled NCFP members who are in good standing.
The top thirty placers or thirty percent (30%) in each elimination tourney, whichever is lower, from the Men’s Division shall advance to the semifinal round to join the seeded International Masters (IMs), FIDE Masters (FMs) and National Masters (NMs).
In the distaff side, the top forty percent (40%) shall advance to the semifinal round together with seeded Woman International Masters (WIMs), Woman FIDE Masters (WFMs) and Woman National Masters (WNMs).
After the semifinals, the top SIX (6) placers in the men’s division will join ten (10) Grandmasters and the top EIGHT (8) placers in the women’s category will join the seeded six (6) players from the 2011 Battle of Grandmasters, in the finals (subject to change in case of withdrawal or inability to play of any of the seeded players).
The first elimination tourney will be held on April 16 – 20, 2012 at the Philippine Academy for Chess Excellence (PACE) located at #56 Mindanao Avenue, Project 6, Quezon City.
Registration is three hundred pesos (P300.00). Non-NCFP members must apply for membership before joining the tournament by paying the necessary annual dues.
For information and registration please contact : IA Gene Poliarco cp# 0923-7309445, IA Ilann Perez cp# 0949-1760889, FA Patrick Lee cp# 0927-7209260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.