Jarvey Labanda of Daraga, Albay, Reishi Boy Polan of Tagbilaran City, Jeremy Pepito of Cebu City, Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila City and Kylen Joy Mordido of Las Piñas City are on top in the under 12 Boys and Girls categories, respectively, after 4 rounds of play in the National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon. Labanda stopped erstwhile leader Emanuel Van Paler of Tondo, Manila while Mordido defeated Darlyn Villanueva of Tanauan City in 51 moves of an English Opening to register three and a half points after four rounds of play.
In the Boys under 10 category, Michael Concio Jr.of Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Daniel Quizon of Taytay, Rizal beat their respective opponents to register 4 perfect score in four rounds. Concio won against Clyde Harris Saraos of Cagayan de Oro City in 44 moves of a Caro Kann Defense while Quizon defeated John Michael Castillo of Manila after 45 moves of a Ruy Lopez. In the Girls counterpart, Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmariñas City, although held to a draw by Ma. Elayza Villa of Mandaluyong City in 47 of a French Defense still leads with 3.5 points to show after the fourth round. Half a point behind her are Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Pasuquin and Alphecca Gonzales of Danao City, Cebu.
In the Boys under 8 category, Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City remains unbeaten by prevailing over Ben Joseph Buniel of Kidapawan City in 38 moves of a Philidor Defense in the Girls counterpart, Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo, Aklan maintain the solo lead after beating Arianne Pearl Caalim of Naga City in 41 moves of a Modern Defense.
In the under 20 Boys category, erstwhile leader FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina, a Letran student from Pasay City, bowed to Marc Christian Nazario of Quezon City after 63 moves of a Queen's Pawn game thereby enabling fellow FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City to grab the lead by beating Jose Carlo Castro of Manila in 54 moves of a French Defense. WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda of DLSU and Muntinlupa City defeated Lucelle Bermundo of NU and Dasmariñas City in 44 moves of a London System to grab the lead in the Girls under 20 category.
Other leaders are Venice Vicente of FEU and Tanza Cavite under 18 Girls; NM Jerad Docena of Tagbilaran City under 18 Boys; Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan under 16 Girls; Andre Miguel Jorgio of General Santos City, under 16 Boys; Allaney Jia Doroy of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, under 14 Girls; Aeron Keife Charles Sinining of Escalante City, John Marvin Miciano of Davao City and Darry Bernardo of Angeles City, Pampanga, under 14 Boys.
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.