THE Tropang Growee will hold a series of national chess tournaments in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the next couple of months.

Evangelista Aquatics and Sports Management Incorporated (Easmi) president Darren Evangelista said the chess program will be composed of a clinic in the mornings and tournaments in the afternoons.

"We will hold it in five key cities in Luzon and the Visayas," Evangelista said during the regular Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum Thursday at the Tower Inn.

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He said all chess events will be held in Davao City for the Mindanao part of the program.

"We are very excited about this national chess series because this will be a venue to further boost the development of the sport nationwide," Evangelista said.

He also bared that the Pinoy Beach Games will now be held in the country's three major islands.

Easmi is also backing up the Araw ng Buhangin Basketball Tournament set to open this weekend at the Buhangin Gym.

Evangelista is also tapping Australian triathlete Rojan Force for an upcoming triathlon event. The former Australian national swimmer, according to him, will help develop the sport in the city.

Meanwhile, the Tropang Growee basketball camp and 3-on-3 basketball tournament will have a simultaneous nationwide opening of February 6 in Manila, Cebu and Davao.

The Manila event will be held in Tondo under former NCAA cager-turned RP men's water polo team member Dale Evangelista, while the Cebu undertaking will start at the Mambaling Sports Complex in Cebu City.

Davao City will hold its initial leg at the Sto. Rosario Gym in Buhangin under coach Rael Diaz. (MLSA)