Aeron Keife Charles Sinining of Escalante City, Neg. Occ and Darry Bernardo of Angeles City, Pampanga showed class in the under 14 Boys category by beating their respective rivals in the fifth round of the National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon. Sinining outlasted Carl Sirex Sato of Davao City after 80 moves of a Sicilian Defense while Bernardo checkmated Valerio Mangubat of San Carlos City in 38 moves of a Closed Sicilian. Both have four points in five rounds of play.
In the Girls counterpart, WFM Allaney Jia Doroy of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur is still on top after beating in 55 moves Alexis Anne Oseña of San Antonio, Quezon employing a Modern Defense. Close on her heels is Bea Mendoza of Baguio City who defeated Honey Grace Buenafe of Davao City in 46 moves of a Slav Defense.
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 5 perfect score in five rounds. Concio defeated Christian Rilloraza of Las Piñas in 51 moves of a Caro Kann Defense while Quizon easily prevailed over Haein Angelito Aparte of General Santos City after 31 moves of a Queen's Pawn game. In the Girls counterpart, Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmariñas City beat Jenaica Betty Lynn Julom of General Santos City in 42 moves of a Queen's Pawn game to lead with 4.5 points but trailing her with 4 points is Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Pasuquin and Flora who defeated Althea Nicole Borres of Cagayan de Oro City in 38 moves of a King's Indian Defense.
In the Boys under 8 category, Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City remains unbeaten this time adding Cedric Daniel Macato of Las Piñas as his victim trouncing him in 55 moves of an Alapin variation of the Sicilian Defense while in the Girls under 8, Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo also maintains the solo lead after beating Florence Gayle Isabedra of San Antonio, Quezon in 45 moves a French Tarrasch.
In the battle of junior players, in the under 20 Boys category, FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City maintains the lead as he smoked the peace pipe with fellow FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City after 43 moves of a Sicilian Defense. The under 20 Girls category took a rest and will resume hostilities Thursday at eight in the morning. In the under 18 Girls, Michelle Yaon of Calamba City and WNM Jean Karen Enriquez of Marikina City took at the helm as erstwhile leader Venice Vicente of Tanza, Cavite took a bye. Yaon defeated Frances Dianne Surposa of General Santos City in 31 moves of a Queen's Pawn Game while Woman National Master Enriquez subdued Janena Regencia's Modern Defense in 44 moves. Regencia is from Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Jerad Docena of Tagbilaran City remains the leader in the under 18 Boys and Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan in the under 16 Girls; In the Boys under 12 leaders are Jarvey Labanda of Daraga, Albay, Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila and Reishi Boy Polan of Tagbilaran City.
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.