The National Amateur Chess Championship opens today at the PSC Athletes' Dining Hall, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Philippine Sports Commission, P. Ocampo St., Manila.
Hostilities start at 9 am after a short opening ceremony which will be attended by officials of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by its Chairman and President
Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., Secretary General Congressman Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino, Grassroots Development and Promotions Committee Chair Congressman Neri Colmenares, Treasurer Red Dumuk and Executive Director Grandmaster Jayson O. Gonzales.
The National Amateur is open to players Elo rated 1999 or below by FIDE. The Champion of the tournament will be sent to Halkidiki, Greece on 13-22 April 2015 for the World Amateur Championship where the top winner will be awarded an outright FIDE Master Title.
The tournament is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and supported financially by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).