Favorites continue to show the way in the eight round of the National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon. Finalists are vying for the top three places in each category, Boys and Girls divisions, to 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.
In the Boys under 8, Mark Jay Bacojo of Pasig City grab the lead as Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City took a bye. Bacojo made short work of Gian Vincent Isabedra of San Antonio, Quezon checkmating him in 21 moves of a French Defense. In the Girls under 8, Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo, Aklan continue to reign followed by the Caalim sisters, Arianne Pearl and Candace Faye of Naga City, in second and third places, respectively. Yecla dealt a fatal blow to shining star Ruelle Canino of Cagayan de Oro City in 54 moves employing a Modern Defense.
In the under 10 Boys, Daniel Quizon of Taytay, Rizal remains unbeaten by stopping Christian Rilloraza of Las Piñas in 30 moves of a French Defense. In the Girls counterpart, Lorebina Carrasco II of Cagayan de Oro City and Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmariñas City both checkmated their opponents to share the lead in their group. Carrasco mated Gwen Escarda of Cagayan de Oro in 22 moves of a Caro Kann while San Diego mated Althea Nicole Borres also of Cagayan de Oro City in 40 moves of a Sicilian Defense.
Leading in the under 12 Girls is Kylen Joy Mordido of Las Piñas City who beat Divine Joyce Sarabia of Cadiz City in 25 moves of a Queen's Gambit. Trailing her is Jiessel A. Marino of San Pedro, Laguna who checkmated Cherisse Hope Gomez of Iloilo City in the 51st move of a Dutch Defense. In the Boys under 12, Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila defeated Jarvey Labanda of Daraga, Albay in 35 moves of a Ruy Lopez. Running second is Emanuel Van Paler of Tondo, Manila. In category Boys under 14, Darry Bernardo defeated brother Dale Bernardo both of Angeles City, Pampanga in 43 moves of a Larsen Opening. In the under 14 Girls, Bea Mendoza of Baguio City leads, defeated Frince Ezra Vanjo Ocliasa of Mati City in a Slav Defense.
In the under 20 Boys category, FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of Davao City beat Clark Kent Anabieza of Panabo City in 48 moves of a Queen's Pawn game to still share the lead with fellow FIDE Master Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City who defeated Prince Mark Aquino of San Nicolas in 25 moves of a Center Counter Defense. In the Girls counterpart, WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda of Muntinlupa City is on top followed by WFM Janelle Mae Frayna. WNM Fronda prevailed over WFM Marie Antoinette San Diego of Dasmariñas City in 39 moves of a Sicilian.
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, under 16 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).