Mati City hosts age-group chess Mindanao leg in March

Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan

THE City Government of Mati will host the National Age-Group Chess Championships on March 23 to 25 at the Baywalk Hotel.

Mati Mayor Carlo Rabat, in a statement furnished to SunStar Davao yesterday, bared that the city government accepted the hosting of the annual chessfest organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under its president Prospero Pichay.

"Being the host city, we are honored to have been chosen as venue of this event which is the very first of its kind to be held in our new but fast developing city of Mati," he said.

He assured organizers, participants and guests that Mati welcomes them. "The doors are open for you to savor the warmth of the city and its resilient people with diverse culture and heritage."

Rabat cited the world-class natural endowments and eco-tourist spots of the city.

"I wish you all a vibrant and successful conduct of your activity and we hope that you will enjoy your stay in the city of Mati as you explore some other natural endowments of the city and learn to love Mati also, the way we do, as proud Matinians," Rabat said.

NCFP regional coordinator James Infiesto, meanwhile, said the top three to five per age category in the Mindanao leg will advance to the grand finals in Manila by April where the winners will earn spots to the Asean Age-Group Chess Championships in Davao City slated June 18 to 28.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, he said,is also upbeat about Davao City's hosting of the international chessfest.