In the race for the championship and a slot in the delegation to the 2012 ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships in Vietnam, Davao bet Austin Jacob Literatus (boys 16 under) maintains a perfect score however; six players are close in his heels with three points. Likewise, another local player FEU standout Lennon Hart Salgados won his 4th game for the solo lead in the premiere boys 20 under category, a full point ahead of his teammate McDominique Lagula (Nueva VIscaya), Jon Christian Lesaca (Davao) and Jayben Ian Dalipe.
While in the Boys Under 10 category, where Misamis Oreintal bet Ronald Canino, Nahid Jalani from Lanao and Chrisus Joseph Sarchez of Koronadal share the lead with 3 ½ points each after 4 rounds. His sibling, Romeo Canino also garnered 3.5 point to share the lead with Negros Oriental hopeful Valerio Mangubat in the boys Under 12 category.
Unbeaten Adamson Daryl Unix Samantila (NCR-Malabon) ties Kenneth Norman Honculada (CDO) for the lead in the boys 14 under race while talented Alekhine Nouri from Negros Occidental province holds the solo lead in the boys 8 under group.
Local bets are putting up a tough fight in the distaff side, Methusellah Ramos of Cagayan de Oro City virtually claimed the title with 4 points leading the rest of the group by one and a half points with only a round to play in the girls 8 under category. In the 10 under girl competition, Misamis Oriental phenomenon Me Ann Joy Baclayon maintains a perfect score followed by four players with 3 points apiece.
The other leaders are: Alyssa Ysaiah Jamaca (Cagayan De Oro) – girls under-16, Ella Grace Moulic (Davao) – girls under 14; and Natorri Biazza Diaz (Negros Occidental) – girls under 12.