Favorites continue to show the way after two rounds of play in the Grand Finals of the National Age-Group Chess Championships held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon. The event, held in 14 different Age-Group categories Boys and Girls, is being hosted by the Municipal Government of San Antonio, Quezon led by Mayor Erick M. Wagan, Vice-Mayor Jay S. Vesuño and the Municipal Council.
FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina, a Letran student from Pasay City and Marc Christian Nazario of Quezon City beat respective rivals to led in the under 20 category. FM Bersamina defeated John Gerald Acedo of Davao City in 36 moves of a Queen's Pawn game while Nazario made short work of Alvin Acas also of Davao City in 19 moves of an English Opening but will take the test when he faces FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City in the third round. In the Girls division, Venice Vicente of FEU and Tanza, Cavite defeated the Surposa's
of General Santos City, Deanne Aubrey in the first round and Francis Dianne in the second, to led in the under 18 category with WNM Jean Karen Enriquez of Marikina City, while in the under 16, WFM Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan, Fatima Leocario of Calamba City, Juliue Ann Opema of Cagayan de Oro City and Ella Grace Moulic of Davao City had perfect score in two rounds of play.
In the under 14 Honey Grace Buenafe of Davao City takes the solo lead by beating Frinze Ezra Vanjo Ocliasa in 42 moves of a Caro Kann Defense whereas Hope Cherisse Gomez of Iloilo City also has the solo lead in the under 12 by defeating Holythurs Mariel Pangan in 60 moves of a Queen's Pawn game. Alphecca Gonzales, San Diego Jerlyn Mae and Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian
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.