Woodpushers from Baguio City, Benguet and nearby provinces resume their bids for honor as the Kordilyera Chess Association monthly tournament starts January 30.

Inspired by the successful hosting for the past year, the chess games have been transferred to #41 Upper Kitma along Marcos Highway in Baguio City effective January 30-31.

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"This is to give the tournament a more homely atmosphere," said Roger Garcia, vice president of the Kordilyera Chess Association.

The KCA's monthly tournament was launched last year and culminated in a "battle of champions" hosted by the municipal government of La Trinidad with Oscar Guanzon as the eventual winner.

Cash prizes and trophies await the top five placers in the tournament.

The games will be played in seven rounds, using the Swiss system.

Garcia said registration fees of P250 will be charged non-members, while members will pay only P150.

In addition, the participants in last month's battle of champions will be exempted from paying the registration fees.

More than 40 players from Baguio City and neighboring areas are expected to participate in the tournament.

Garcia added they are expecting a tough competition this time around as more wood pushers are signifying their intention to join the competition.

Expected to suit up for the January editions are champions in last year's monthly competition.