Upsets marred the ongoing national age group chess championship after four rounds of chess struggle at the multi-purpose hall of Cadiz city, Negros Occidental.
Little-known Gintle Khey and Manilyn Cabungcag posted similar victories in different division against higher rated opponents to share the spotlight in round 4.
Khey playing in the Boys Under-20 section choose his pet opening Dutch Defense and put a Knight en prise at the 23rd move that shocked top seed Fritz Bryan Pooraz of Iloilo city. Pooraz rejected the sacrifice that cost him a piece. He resigned 10 moves later.
"Hindi niya kinain yung Knight kasi pwede siya ma queenless o kaya ay ma-mate" commented Gintle after the game. Khey, the brilliant 4th year High School student of Escalante National High School is now in the lead with 3 points followed by Stephen Coleta with 2.5 pts.
Manilyn on her part go head to head with higher rated and her older sister Cristy Cabungcag in their Scotch Symmetrical formation. The younger Cabungcag's will to win paid off in the Rook and pawn endgame where she snatched a pawn that leads the game to victory in a marathon 76 moves. Manilyn with 3 points raised her standing to second place behind frontrunner Natori Biazza Diaz with 3.5 pts.
In girls Under-10 saw the unrated Methusellah Hoban continued her winning streak with 4 points. Her victim this time is her companion Jasia Dorog. In an equal middlegame position, Dorog blunders a piece that cost her game.
In boys under-12 top result, Aeron Sinining of Escalante city split the point with Iloilo city bet Cyril Telesforo on board 1 while Kenneth Allen Ballo-allo Jr. of Talisay city won over Travor Benjamin Gendrala of host Cadiz city.
In boys under-14, Valerio Mangubat leads with 3.5 points followed by Kris Oswald Olvido and Jeffu Dorog with 3 points each. .