Six year old Ruelle Canino of Cagayan de Oro City scored another victory at the expense of Zea Canasta of Masbate City to close the gap with the leader of the under 8 Girls category in the sixth round of the National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon.
Canino is one hope of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) in achieving its ultimate goal of producing the first Woman Grandmaster in the country. This is the aim of the various tournaments organized by the NCFP through the Grassroots Development Committee headed by Cong. Neri Colmenares. And with the invaluable help of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) the NCFP through its President Prospero Pichay Jr. and Secretary General Cong. Abraham N. Tolentino is organizing as much tournament as it can yearly: the Age-Group, National Youth, National Inter-Collegiate, PNG among others are just but few of the tournaments tailored for the students and the youth.
Leaders of their respective categories after round 6 are: under 8 Boys, Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City, Girls: Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo, Aklan/ under 10 Boys:Daniel Quizon of Taytay, Rizal, Girls: Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmariñas City, Lorebina Carrasco II of Cagayan de Oro City, Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Pasuquin and Flora and Rheam Arah De Guzman/under 12 Boys: Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila, Girls: Kylen Joy Mordido of Las Piñas City/ under 14 Boys: Darry Bernardo of Angeles City, Pampanga, Girls: Bea Mendoza of Baguio City/
Under 16 Boys: Brylle Gever Vinluan of San Fabian, Rhenzie Kyle Sevillano of Cebu City and Jeth Romy Morado of Masbate City, Girls: Elah Grace Moulic of Davao City and Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan/ under 18 Boys: NM Jerad Docena of Tagbilaran City, Girls: Michelle Yaon of Calamba City, Laguna/ under 20 Boys: FM Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City, Girls: WFM Janelle Mae Frayna of Legazpi City, WFM Jan Jodilyn Fronda of Muntinlupa City and WFM Marie Antonette San Diego of Dasmariñas 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.