JOEL PIMENTEL and Lennon Hart Salgados defeated separate rivals to maintain their share of the lead in the Open Under-20 division of the 13 ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships in Vietnam.
Pimentel downed FIDE Master Tuan Minh Tran of Vietnam while Salgados scalped another Vietnamese FIDE Master Van Hai Nguyen to raise their total to 3.0 points in as many rounds.
Austin Jacob Literatus also toppled a local bet in Nhat Minh Le to grab a piece of the lead in OU-16. The win pushed his total to 2.5 points, the same output of fourth round opponent FM Tuan Minh Le and four other players.
The other notable Filipino winners in the third round were FM Paulo Bersamina over Anh Trung Pham of Vietnam in OU-14; OU-10 co-leader Stephen Rome Pangilinan over Minh Thanh Bui; Samantha Glo Revita over Thu Truc Huynh of Vietnam in the Girls Under-14; and Jerlyn Mae San Diego over Le Ha An Nguyen of Vietnam and Methusellah Ramos over Bui Thi Thanh Van Vu of Vietnam in GU-8.
The country's campaign in the tournament is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).