Favorites continue to show the way after three rounds of play 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.
Michael Concio Jr. and John Jerish Velarde continue to lead in the Boys under 10 category beating Wycliffe Aromin in 62 moves of a Scotch Opening and Sean Kenneth Amor in an Evan's Gambit in 42 moves, respectively, while in the Girls division also scoring perfect three points each are Precious Day Yecla who mated Arianne Pearl Caalim in move 69 of a Center Counter/Scandinavian Defence, Mhage Gerriah Lou Sebastian who beat Marjerie Janapin in 46 moves of a King's Indian Defence and Jerlyn Mae San Diego who defeated Rhea Jean Canino employing the Benoni.
FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of NU grab the solo lead in the Boys under 20 category by beating Denzel John Amar in 61 moves of a French Defence, unusual lines. Close on his heels and half a point behind is Prince Mark Aquino who won in 35 moves of a Slav Defence over Vince Angelo Medina. Also in solo lead in the Boys under 16 is Carl Zirex Sato who prevailed over Jed Matthew Javier after 78 moves of a Sicilian and in close second is Renzie Kyle Sevillano who stopped erstwhile co-leader Brylle Gever Vinluan.
In the Boys under 14 category, Istraelito Rilloraza and Stephen Rome Pangilinan continue to dominate by beating their respective rivals. Rilloraza beat Jarvey Labanda in 29 moves of an English Opening while Pangilinan thrashed Japheth Aaron Caresosa in 53 moves of a Pirc Defence. In the Girls counterpart, Kylen Joy Mordido and Natori Biazza Diaz lead as erstwhile leader Jesca Docena faltered, bowing to Diaz in 63 moves of a Sicilian. Mordido in another Sicilian beat Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem in 78 moves.
A three way tie ensued in the Boys under 12 category: Daniel Quizon defeated Chrisus Joseph Sarchez, Ronald Canino defeated Cedrick Sevillano in 51 moves of a QGD and Justine Diego Mordido beat John Kyle Apigo in 29 moves of a Sicilian. Sharing the lead in the under 8 Category are Dwayne Pahaganas who defeated James Henry Calacday in 28 moves of a Center Counter, Cedrick Kahlel Abris who prevailed over Karlycris Clarito Jr.in 81 moves of an irregular game and Chargaets Andres who beat Cyril Jay Ibias in 52 moves of a Ruy Lopez.
Here are the leaders in the Girls Division: sharing the lead in the under 8, Ruelle Canino who beat Candace Faye Caalim in 58 moves of a Sicilian, Mezel Angela Gadut who mated Jeanne Reeze Olay in move 14th of a Hungarian Defence/Guioco Pianissimo and Caerel Shane Mantilla who defeated Joyce Crisologo. In the under 12: Irish Yngayo outlasted Alphecca Gonzales in 120 moves of an Alekhine Defence, Mary Joy Tan beat Ledj Jannalyn Barcenas and Me Ann Joy Baclayon defeated Angelica Nicole Macato in 45 moves of a London System to share the lead.
In the under 16 two players share the lead:Laila Camel Nadera and WFM Samantha Glo Revita who beat Vebien Rafales in 31 moves of a Reti/Larsen and Ma. Bernice Olay in 54 moves of an English Opening, respectively. In the under 18, Woman International Master Shania Mae Mendoza in a Tartakower System defeated Ella Grace Moulic in 50 moves to share the lead with Mira Mirano and Venice Vicente. Mirano defeated Babylyn Salanga in a Queen's Pawn unusual lines while Vicente in an unusual replies to 1.d4 beat Marife de la Torre in 60 moves.
Woman FIDE Master Cherry Ann Mejia defeated co-leader Gladys Hazelle Romero in 50 moves of an English Opening to lead the under 20 Girls.
The tournament is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) and assisted financially by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). It aims to select representatives of our country to the ASEAN+ Age-Group 2015 to be held in Singapore June 8-17, 2015.