Kylen Joy Mordido of Las Piñas City widens the lead from her nearest rival after the ninth round of the National Agr-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the LeahChar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon. Beating second running Jiessel Marino of San Pedro, Laguna in 43 moves of an English Opening she now maintains a considerable lead of 2.5 points over Marino in the Girls under 12 category. Top three placers in the tournament 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.
In the Boys under 10 , Daniel Quizon of Taytay, Rizal was held to a draw by Michael Concio Jr. of Sta. Rosa, Laguna in 41 moves of a Sicilian to register 8.5 points in nine games of play. Half a point behind him is Adrian De Luna of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo who beat Jan Mark Marino of San Pedro, Laguna in 35 moves of a Queen's Pawn game. In the Girls counterpart, Jerlyn Mae San Diego of Dasmariñas City is on top followed by Checy Aliena Telesforo of San Joaquin, Iloilo. San Diego defeated Rosette Anastacio of Naga City in 40 moves of a French Defense while Telesforo subdued Lorebina Carrasco II of Cagayan de Oro City in 45 moves oa a Scotch Opening.
In the Boys under 12, Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Manila was upset by Earl Rhay Mantilla of Davao City in 42 moves of a French Defense but hold on to the lead with 7 points followed by Emanuel Van Paler of Tondo, Manila with 6.5 who drew with Sem Canasta of Masbate City in 111 moves of a Bird's Opening.
The Boys under 20, under 8 and the Girls under 18 categories took a rest and will resume hostilities in the 10th round. In the Girls under 20, WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda of Muntinlupa City continue to lead followed by WFM Janelle Mae Frayna of Legazpi City. WNM Fronda beat Ynna Sophia Canape of Manggahan, Pasig while WFM Frayna defeated Lucelle Bermundo of Dasmariñas City in 28 moves of an English Opening.
.In the Girls under 8 category, Precious Day Yecla of Kalibo, Aklan and Arianne Pearl Caalim of Naga City tied for the lead with 8 points. Yecla took a bye as Caalim defeated Marjeri Janapin of Manila in 52 moves of a Sicilian Defense.
Other leaders are, in the Girls division: Michelle Yaon of Calamba City and WIM Bernadette Galas of Makati City, under 18 Girls; Ella Grace Moulic of Davao City, under 16; Bea Mendoza of Baguio City, under 14; In the Boys division: NM Jerad Docena of Tagbilaran City and Vince Angelo Medina of Cabuyao, Laguna, under 18; Rhenzie Kyle Sevillano of Cebu City, under 16; Darry Bernardo of Angeles City, Pampanga, under 14; Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-lapu City, under 8.
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).