FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus of NU widens his lead after beating Ferdinand Aviles in 65 moves of a London System in the Boys under 20 category 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.
FM Literatus scores perfect four points in four rounds of play and one and a half points away from second running Prince Mark Aquino of LPU who drew a bye and two points ahead of Vince Angelo Medina who beat Baltazar Rafales Jr. in 24 moves of a King's Indian Defence, In the under 18 category, Jonathan Jota is first with 2.5 points followed by Kyz Llantada and CarloCaranyagan, both of AU, with 2 points. Jota defeated Collier Graspela in 78 moves of a French, Llantada prevailed over Kenneth Flores after 63 moves of a Center Counter while Caranyagan subdued John Michael Magpily in 41 moves of a French Defence.
Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano of Cebu and Carl Zirex Sato took the helm in the under 16 category by beating Darry Bernardo of Angeles City in 38 moves of a KIA while Sato was held to draw by Romeo Canino in 66 moves of an Evan's Gambit. In the under 14 category Stephen Rome Pangilinan hold on to a slim lead when held to a draw by Jeremy Pepito as erstwhile leader Istraelito Rilloraza lost to Marc Jason Comendador in 26 moves of a Sicilian Defence.
In the under 12 Daniel Quizon and Justine Diego Mordido share the lead after beating Hadj Ray Caalim in 37 moves of a Sicilian and Alritz Jefferson Amor in 30 moves of an English opening respectively. Michael Concio Jr. continue to dominate the under 10 category this time adding erstwhile co-leader John Jerish Velarde to his list of victims, beating him in 47 moves of a KIA/London System.
Rounding up the Boys division results: in the under 8 category Cedric Kahlel Abris and Chargaets Andres remain unbeaten with Abris stopping James Henry Calacday in 38 moves of an English opening and Andres beating Azmie Saang in 47 moves of an unusual line of a Queen's Pawn Game.
In the Girls Division, Irish Yngayo checkmated Josemier Jene Panol in 24 moves of a Sicilian to capture solo led in the under 12 category. In the under 10 three share top spot: Jerlyn Mae San Diego who also checkmated her opponent, Marjerie Janapin in move 34th of a Modern Defence, Precious Day Yecla who beat Nathalie Liscano and Mhage Gerriah Lou Sebastian who defeated Vneshdyl Bureros in 59 moves of a KID.
Here are the leaders in the other categories of the Girls division:
Under 8 category, Ruelle Canino and Mezel Angela Gadut both have perfect scores after beating Daren de la Cruz and Princes Mae Ann San Diego, respectively.
Under 20 category, Woman FIDE Master Cherry Ann Mejia leads with 3.5 points, she beat Enrica Villa.
Under 18 category, Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza drew with Venice Vicente to share with her the lead, both have 3.5 points.
Under 16 category, WFM Samantha Glo Revita beat Alexis Charlotte Suede to grab solo lead. She is followed by Laila Camel Nadera who drew with Mae Ann Alcantara.
Under 14 category, Kylen Joy Mordido who is in solo lead, defeated Eula Djemarie de la Cruz in 16 moves of an English Opening. In solo second is Bea Mendoza, who outlasted Amber Juneeza Ambor in 109 moves of a London System/KIA.
The top two or three placers in each category (depending on 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 Singapore.
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).