The historic province of Bulacan will host the Luzon leg of the National age-group chess championships on March 3-6, 2013 and the National Juniors Semi-finals on March 11-15, 2013 with the country's best youth and kiddie's wood pushers striving for top honors in the forthcoming competition. Both tournaments will be played in the same venue at the Bulacan capitol gymnasium in Malolos City.
Bulacan is a place of many important events in the country. Malolos then, one of the municipalities of Bulacan was the site of the constitutional convention of 1898, known as the Malolos convention that led to the creation of the First Philippine Republic at the sanctuary of the Barasoain church. Bulacan at present is one of the most progressive provinces in the Philippines.
The twin tournament spearheaded by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) led by Chairman Prospero Pichay, anchored by the provincial government of Bulacan headed by Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and bankrolled by Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel through the effort of Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Neri Colmenares is open to all Filipino players 20 years old and below.
According to Pichay, elimination series is being held nationwide to select the qualifiers to the grand finals. "The primary aim of the competition is to search and develop chess masters for future international competition," he said.
In the Age-group, aspirants will battle it out in the following categories: 20 years old and below, 16 years old and below, 14 years old and below, 12 years old and below, 10 years old and below and 8 years old and below in both men and women. The Juniors Semi-finals on the other hand is an open event.
In Juniors Semi-finals, the top ten winners in both men's and women's category will join the six men and six women seeded players in the grand finals on April 1-10 in Taguig City while Age-group category champions together with Junior titled players will meet at the finals on April 11-19, 2013 also in Taguig City.