Individual Standings after round 4:
4.0 points---FM Roderick Nava
3.5 points---IM Oliver Dimakiling,FM Randy Segarra, NM Nelson Villanueva,IM Emmanuel Senador, FM Haridas Pascua
3.5 points---WFM Marie Antoinette Sandiego, WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda
3.0 points---Jean Karen Enriquez, Shania Mae Mendoza, Mikee Charlene Suede
RODERICK NAVA bested fellow Fide Master (FM) Adrian Ros Pacis to assume solo lead after the fourth round of the 2012 National Open chess championship yesterday at the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) canteen in Vito Cruz, Manila.
The Carmona, Cavite-native Nava played superbly with the disadvantageous black pieces to clinch the win over Pacis.
The win gave Nava the solo lead with 4.0 points, a half point ahead of IM Oliver Dimakiling, FM Randy Segarra, NM Nelson Villanueva,IM Emmanuel Senador and FM Haridas Pascua, who all have 3.5 points each.
In the fifth round, Nava will test the mettle of Dimakiling, who drew his match vs Senador. In other results, Segarra defeated FM Deniel Causo, Villanueva routed FM David Elorta and Pascua drew with IM Rolando Nolte who led the huge group of 3.0 pointers.
In the women's play, WFM Marie Antoinette Sandiego and WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda toppled their respective rivals to share the lead with 3.5 points apiece. Sandiego dealt Jean Karen Enriquez while Fronda outclassed Nikki Erica Yngayo.
According to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) secretary-general Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. that a total of fourteen (14) chess players, 6 men and 8 women, will advance to the grand finals to join the twelve Filipino grandmasters and six top woman players from last year's national championship. Tolentino also Mayor of the Tagaytay City in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hosted this qualification tournament to select the members of the Philippine men and women's teams to play in the 2012 World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey in August.