Favorites prevail in the opening round of the 2015 National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the PSC Athletes' Dining Hall inside Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, P. Ocampo St., Manila.
Woman FIDE Master Marie Antoinette San Diego and Woman National Master Jean Karen Enriquez show the way in the Girls under 20 category by beating Enrica Villa of FEU in 28 moves of a Modern Defense and Kyla Joy Camacho in just 22 moves of a Sicilian, respectively.
In the Boys counterpart, FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of NU, employing the Alekhine Defense, prevailed over Christian Villegas in 46 moves to keep company top seed Vince Angelo Medina and Prince Mark Aquino of LPU.
In the Boys under 8 category, top seed Karlycris Clarito, Jr. stopped Prince Philip Flores in 29 moves of an irregular opening to register a full point together with Cedric Kahlel Abris, Dwayne Pahaganas, Azmie Saang and Chargaets Andres.
Girls division under 8 winners are Mezel Angela Gadut, Candace Faye Caalim, Daren de la Cruz, Ruelle Canino and Caerel Shane Mantilla. In the Girls under 10 Precious Day Yecla, Mhage Gerriah Lou Sebastian, Rhea Jean Cariño, Jerlyn Mae San Diego and Marjerie Janapin. In the under 12: Irish Yngayo, Mary Joy Tan, Me Ann Joy Baclayon and Janaya Carbonell. In the under 14, Bea Mendoza beat Eula Djemarie de la Cruz, Jesca Docena defeated Divine Grace Luna in 43 moves of a Sicilian, Francois Marie Magpily won in 49 moves of a Caro Kann over Amber Juneeza Ambor and Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem won against Khadija Sahak.
Prevailing over their respective rivals in the Boys under 10 category are first seed Michael Concio Jr. who bested Emcel Jules Gadut in 42 moves of an Owen Defense, Jerish John Velarde who defeated Nick Daniel Pabroquez in 28 moves of a Philidor, Wycliffe Aromin, Julian Raymund Suniel and Adrian Crisologo with a walkover win over Josiah Tristan Co. In the under 12, Jeff Daniel Vitor upset Cedrick Sevillano After 81 moves of a QGD while Justine Diego Mordido subdued Juwon Mikaelo Grande in 73 moves of a Modern Benoni, Chrisus Joseph Sarches defeated John Kyle Apigo employing the Alekhine Defense.
In the Boys under 14, Israelito Rilloraza beat Cyril Felrod Telesforo in 32 moves of an English opening, Stephen Rome Pangilinan stopped Jarvey Labarda in 26 moves of a Modern Defense, Billy Joel Sarao upset Kyd Briton Mendoza, Jeremy Pepito defeated Marc Jayson Comendador in 60 moves of a Philidor and Lee Roi Palma who won over Kurt John Placenta.
In solo lead in the Boys under 18 category is John Michael Magpily who beat Coellier Graspela in 46 moves of a Sicilian while in the under 16, top seed Daryl Unix Samantila made short work of National Master John Merill Jacutina in 17 moves of a Slav, John Marvin Miciano bested Jeth Romy Mordido in 59 moves of a French Defense, Brylle Gever Vinluan prevailed over Jed Matthew Javier in 45 moves of a Sicilian, Carl Zirex Sato defeated Jester Sistoza and Melito Ocsan stopped Jayson Danday in 21 moves of a French.
Woman International Master Shania Mae Mendoza spearheaded the leaders in the Girls under 18 category by beating Ma. Mae Bel Grace San Juan in 33 moves of an Alekhine Defense.Also leaders are Mira Mirano who bested Jemima Valdez in 43 moves of a Center Counter, Venice Vicente who subdued Zsuzsa Grace Tabudlong after 45 moves of an irregular opening and Marife de la Torre who defeated Babylyn Salanga. In the under 16, Alexis Anne Oseña beat Alexis Charlotte Suede in 19 moves of a Larsen Opening while Laila Camel Nadera outlasted Cristy Cabungcag in 70 moves of a Sicilian. Other winners are Sanmantha Glo Revita who defeated May Ann Alcantara in 43 moves of a King's Indian Defense, Honey Grace Buenafe who won over Rhobie Shayne Benogsodan and Vevien Rafales who beat Ma. Bernice Olay in 24 moves of a Reti.
Top two or three in the tournament, depending on the category, will earn the right to represent
the country in the Asean+ Age-Group Chess Championships which will be held June 8-17, 2015 in