THE first Inter-School Chess Tournament and Word War I take center stage Wednesday and Thursday at the Baguio City National High School library.

Expect the best chess teams in the city as they slug it out for school honors in the round robin event even as Scrabble makes a debut in the school setting in the Word War I backed by Smart Communications.

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The event organized by the Baguio City High School 1985 (CiTiHi 85) Inc. hopes to make the events regular tournaments for high school students in the future.

“This is a good project and we support CiTiHi 85,” said BCNHS principal Elma Donaal.

Medals and special awards will be given to the individual winners, while the Molintas Cup is at stake in the best team whose members will get individual medals.

“We are ready to see who is the best. This is exciting as we once again merge the two board games in one venue,” said CiTiHi 85 president Pigeon Lobien.

CiTiHi 85, which will host this year’s alumni homecoming of MPHS-BHCHS-BCNHS, has already sent invitations to the different high schools in the city.

Expected to see action are players from Pines City National High School, Irisan National High School and the private schools like University of Baguio, Saint Louis Laboratory High School, Shalom International School, among others.

There will be no registration fee from the participants.

Scrabble will also be a five-member team event which will be an eight round, king of the hill format in the event backed by lawyers Raul and Jose Molintas.

Expect the best high school team in the chess side where BCNHS is expected to clash out with UB.

UB has the best female high school player in Kyla Camacho who with Porsha Lagman powered team Baguio to the gold in the recently concluded Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet in Ifugao.

Camacho went home with the individual gold, while Lagman took the silver.

BCNHS has the Nillo brothers, Bernard, Carl, and Alvin, who were unsuccessful in the Caraa to finish third.

Opening rites will be after the 8 a.m. registration with the players taking the oath of sportsmanship. Awards will follow the last game on Thursday.

CiTiHi 85 has actually lined up several activities leading to its hosting of the school’s 91st grand alumni homecoming slated on April 29 to May 1 of this year.