Asian Junior Championships to be in Tagaytay, Philippines in Two Weeks!

I just noticed the following email and doubt very much that our current National Junior Champions Fong Yit San (open winner) and Tan Li Ting (girls winner) have been told yet by the Malaysian Chess Federation.

Press Release

The Asian Chess Federation shall organize the Asian Juniors and Girls Championships from 28 November (arrival) to 5 December (departure) 2014 hosted by Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Entitled to participate are chess players from the federations in Zones 3.1 to 3.7 who shall not have reached the age of 20 by January 1st 2014.

Attached are the regulations.

The tournament was originally scheduled 21-29 November 2014 in Shandong,China which had to withdraw at this late date. FIDE Secretary General Abraham Tolentino graciously agreed to assist to ensure that this developmental junior competition is held within the year 2014.

Casto Abundo
Executive Director
Asian Chess Federation

A quick look at the FIDE website sees no front page announcement as yet to this "Press Release" made to National Chess Federations in Asia and the official FIDE Calendar has not been updated too. Not even the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) website!

Well, to be fair, all very sudden - the event is in a little over two weeks time! (Typical of how FIDE and ACF operates).

The question is whether Yit San will take this opportunity given he has probably already planned to play the Johor Open 1-6/12 (it does not clash with the probably stronger Penang Open 8-12/12) but I understand that there will be the Philippine Cup 5-12/12 in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

He has not done well since Tromso Olympaid, a very so so result at the Malaysian Open followed by a disaster at the World Junior Championships. But he should still take the chance and play as this is his last year in the junior ranks and the competition with his younger (and older) peers is not going to get any easier.

Even less certain is Li Ting who opted out of playing the World Junior earlier in India, probably happy enough to be a Juara Kampung via Malaysian Masters and was then easy winner of Asian Schools so others eligible might want to apply to play.


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