Marjerie Janapin checkmated Elissa Francia Olivares in the 37th move of a Vienna Opening to capture the championship in the Girls under 8 category during the last round of the Asian Youth Selection Chess Tournament held Saturday at the PSC Athletes’ Dining Hall along Vito Cruz, Manila. Janapin is joined by eleven others who earned the right to represent the country in the Asian Youth Chess Championships in Uzbekistan for the U8, U10 and U12 on June 20-28, 2014 and in India for the U14, U16, and U18 on November 6-14, 2014.
In the Boys under 8, champion is Jerish John Velarde who defeated Paul Andrei Delgado in 30 moves of a Four Knights game. In the Boys under 10, Daniel Quizon of San Juan Elementary School beat Jerome Angelo Aragones in 47 moves of a Sicilian game to score 5.5 points in 5 victories and 1 draw. In the Girls counterpart, Ledj Jannalyn Barcenas drew with Mhage Gerriah Lou Sebastian in 32 moves of a Slav Defense to capture the title.
Francois Marie Magpily checkmated Angelica Nicole Macato in the 26th move of a Petroff Defense to bag the Girls under 12 crown. In the Boys counterpart Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila also checkmated his opponent, Lee Roi Palma in 39 moves of a Guioco Piano. In the Girls under 14 champion is Bea Mendoza of Baguio City who beat Geniaiza Pearl Bagorio in 31 moves of a Queen’s Gambit. In the Boys counterpart, John Merill Jacutinadrew with Istraelito Rilloraza in 45 moves of a Sicilian game to edge out Darry Bernardo of Angeles City in the winner over the other tie break.
Shania Mae Mendoza topped the Girls under 16 category while in the Boys counterpart Brylle Gever Vinluan is champion when he drew with Sean Andew Olan in 43 moves of a Caro Kann.
In the Girls under 18 category, Woman FIDE Master Janelle Mae Frayna of Far Eastern University beat WCM Mira Mirano in 81 moves of a Larsen’s Opening while in the Boys under 18, National Master Giovanni Mejia drew with Jonathan Jota in repetition of moves of a French Defense.
The tournament is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) as a selection tournament to the Asian Youth Chess Championships in cooperation with The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).