Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo Aklan notched her seventh win in as many rounds as she subdued Zea Canasta of Masbate City in 39 moves of a Scotch Opening in the seventh round of the National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon. One point behind her is Arianne Pearl Caalim of Naga City who beat Aliyah Rae Lumangtad of Tagum City in 34 moves of a Sicilian Defense. Both played in the Girls under 8 category.
In the Boys under 8, Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City also scored perfect seven after defeating Gian Vincent Isabedra of San Antonio, Quezon in 44 moves of a Sicilian Defense. Half a point behind him is Mark Jay Bacojo of Pasig City who beat Robert James Perez of Lipa City in another Sicilian game in 32 moves. In the under 10 Boys, Daniel Quizon of Taytay continue to lead with 7 points after beating Clyde Harris Saraos of Cagayan de Oro City. A point behind him are Adrian de Luna of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo and Michael Concio Jr. of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. In the Girls counterpart, three players tied for the lead: Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmariñas City, Lorebina Carrasco II of Cagayan de Oro City and Mhage Gerriahlou Sebastian of Pasuquin and Flora.
Leading in the under 12 Girls is Kylen Jor Mordido of Las Piñas City who beat Cherisse Hope Gomez of Iloilo City in 56 moves of a Queen's Pawn game while in the Boys counterpart, Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila defeated Gleribhoy Vencislao of Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 43 moves of a Caro Kann Defense.
In the under 20 Boys category, FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City drew with Virgen Gil Ruaya of Taytay, Rizal in 62 moves of a Queen's Pawn to share the lead with fellow FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City who thrashed Justine Lita of Gumaca, Quezon in 36 moves of another Queen's Pawn Game. In the Girls counterpart 3 titled players share the lead, WFM Janelle May Frayna of Legazpi City, WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda of Muntinlupa City and WFM Marie Antoinette San Diego of Dasmariñas City.
.Other leaders are Michelle Yaon of Calamba City, under 18 Girls; Vince Angelo Medina of Cabuyao, Laguna, under 18 Boys; Samantha Glo Revita of Pangasinan under 16 Girls; Rhenzie Kyle Sevillano of Cebu City and Jeth Romy Morado of Masbate City, under 16 Boys; Bea Mendoza of Baguio City, under 14 Girls; 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.