The National Age Group Chess Championships Grand Finals opened ceremoniously at 10 am Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Covered Court of San Antonio, Quezon with no less than San Antonio Municipal Mayor Erick M. Wagan, NCFP Chairman and President Prospero "Butch" Pichay, Jr.. Asia's first Grandmaster Eugene Torre, NCFP Treasurer Red Dumuk and NCFP Executive Director GM Jayson O. Gonzales in attendance.
More than 190 participants coming from all over the country were welcomed by the Honorable Vice Mayor of San Antonio, Jay S. Vesuño. They were entertained by the dashing performances of the PES Drum and Lyre Marching Band, Folk Dance from San Antonio Central School, Modern Dance from the Callejon National High School and a special number from the San Antonio National High School Dance Cultural Group.
Leading the favorites in the Boys under 20 category are FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City and Marc Christian Nazario of Quezon City who defeated Clark Kent Anabieza of Panabo City in 52 moves of a Sicilian Defense and John Gerald Acedo of Davao City in 71 moves of a Pirc Defense, respectively. In the Girls counterpart, Janelle Mae Frayna of Legaspi City trounced Ynna Sophia Canape of Marikina City in 38 moves of a French Defense.
Scoring the full point in their respective categories are Mark James Bacojo of Pasig City, Robert James Perez of Lipa City Batangas, Karlycris Clarito Jr. of Pasig City, Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City and Dwayne Pahaganas of Escalante City in the Boys under 8 category. In the Girls under 8 winners are Arianne Pearl Caalim and Candace Fae Caalim of Naga City, Ruelle Canino of Cagayan de Oro City, Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo, Aklan, Casey Manlosa of San Fernando, Cebu and Florence Gayle Isabedra of San Antonio, Quezon.
The event is being hosted by the Municipal Government of San Antonio, Quezon led by the Honorable Mayor Erick M. Wagan, Vice Mayor Jay S. Vesuño and the Municipal Council. It is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). Top three winners in each division will earn the right to represent the country in the 2014 ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships to be held in Macau, China on June 3-12, 2014.