Current Junior Champion WNM Janelle Mae Frayna from Legaspi City, completed back to back victories by winning the championship of the 2012 National Juniors Chess Championships – Luzon Leg and the 2012 National Age Group Chess Championships – Luzon Leg held at the Public Market Complex, Sta. Rosa, Laguna from March 2 – 8, 2012.
A member of the UAAP Champion FEU Juniors Team season 74, she defeated Jesca Docena in the final round to amass a total of 4.5 points, half a point ahead of Shania Mae Mendoza to win the Luzon Leg of the 2012 National Juniors Chess Championships.
WNM Frayna, one of the upcoming Philippine women players, also won the Gold Medal in the 2011 ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships held in Tarakan, Indonesia and emerged as the best finisher among Philippine players by placing 22nd place in the 2011 World Juniors in Chennai, India, stated "my persistent training and preparation paid off, hopefully I could fulfill my dream to become the country's first Woman Grandmaster"
FIDE Master Haridas Pascua escaped from a losing position and hold Jerad Docena to a draw to garner the title in the boys division. Tied with 3 ½ points, going into the final round, the draw gave them a total of 4 points each, however, FM Pascua was declared champion due to higher tie break. Chairman Pichay stated "we acknowledge the importance of our program for our youth for we can be able to produce women grandmasters" likewise Mayor Arlene Arcillas echoed the same sentiment "I have included chess as one of our priorities sports in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and we hope to host a better and more prepared event next year by providing the needs of all participants"
Advancing into the Grand Finals to be held in Tanauan, Batangas on April 23 – 30, 2012 are FM Haridas Pascua (1st), Jerad Docena (2nd place), National Master Mari Joseph Turqueza (3rd), Alexis Emil Maribao (4th) and McDominique Lagula (5th) in the boys division. While WNM Frayna will be joined by Shania Mae Mendoza (2nd placer), Marie Antoinette San Diego (3rd), Michelle Yaon (4th), Gladys Hazel Romero (5th) in the girls tournament.
The NCFP would also like to announce that the Mindanao Leg dubbed as the Gov. Oscar S. Moreno 2012 National Age Group and Juniors Chess Championships will be held in the Province of Misamis Oriental on March 24 – 31, 2012.
For registration contact IA Gene Poliarco cp# 0923-7309445, IA Ilann Perez cp# 0949-1760889, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and for further inquiries call Memen Moreno cp# 0926-4091345, NM Domingo Oga cp#09195695386