Woman FIDE Master Cherry Ann Mejia and Woman National Master Jean Karen Enriquez defeated separate rivals to led the Girls under 20 category woodpushers in the Grand Finals of the 2015 National Age-Group Chess Championships held at the PSC Athletes' Dining Hall, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, P. Ocampo St., Manila.
WFM Mejia beat Kyla Joy Camacho in 46 moves of a QGD while WNM Enriquez defeated Enrica Villa in a French with unusual second moves for White. Both share the lead with 5.5 points in seven rounds of play.
In the Boys counterpart, FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus showed class by thrashing Baltazar Rafales Jr. in 28 moves of a Reti/King' Indian Defence to register 6.5 points in 7 games way ahead of second running Vince Angelo Medina and Prince Mark Aquino who both have 4.5 points. Medina stopped Christian Villegas in 24 moves of a Bogo-Indian while Aquino demolished Michael Gastala in 29 moves of a QGD.
In the Boys under 18 category, Carlo Caranyagan, who is a varsity player of Arellano University, prevailed over Jonathan Jota in 43 moves of a KIA/London System while in the Girls counterpart, Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza and Venice Vicente continue to share the lead with 6 points in 7 games of play beating Zsuzsa Grace Tabudlong in 40 moves of a Tartakower System and Ma, Mae Bel Grace San Juan in 17 moves of a Center Counter, respectively.
In the Boys under 16 category, Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano of Cebu City defeated John Marvin Miciano in 42 moves of a Sicilian to maintain the lead with 8.5 points in 9 games. He is followed by National Master John Merill Jacutina who beat Romeo Canino in 49 moves of a Nimzo-Indian Defence. In the Girls under 16, Laila Camel Nadera hold on to her slim lead after beating Rhobie Shayne Benogsodan in 61 moves of a Sicilian Defence. She is closely followed by Woman FIDE Master Samantha Glo Revita who subdued Franchell Eds Javier in 48 moves of another Sicilian.
Kylen Joy Mordido and Bea Mendoza tied for the lead in the Girls under 14 category.Mordido mated Alisa Gallamova Tabudlong in 42 moves of an English Opening while Mendoza prevailed in 75 moves of a KID over Divine Grace Luna. In the Boys counterpart, Stephen Rome Pangilinan and Lee Roi Palma of UE tied for the lead with 6.5 points followed by Istraelito Rilloraza of FEU a point behind. Pangilinan and Palma drew their game in 40 moves of a Slav as Rilloraza drew a bye.
In the Girls under 12 category Irish Yngayo defeated in 49 moves of a French Defence Ruth Joy Vinuya for the lead while Me Ann Joy Baclayon follows with 7 points and Ma. Elayza Villa in third with 6.5 points.
In the Boys under 12, Daniel Quizon tops with 8.5 points after beating Juwon Mikaelo Grande in 66 moves of a Ruy Lopez. In the under 10, FIDE Master Alekhine Nouri shared top spot with Michael Concio Jr. both have 8.5 points in 9 games. Nouri beat Emcel Jules Gadut in 52 moves of a Caro Kann while Concio defeated Del Emerson de la Cruz in 59 moves of a Queen's Pawn Game. Lastly in the Boys under 8 category, Cedric Kahlel Abris beat James Kiefer Taglinao in 41 moves of an English Opening to remain way ahead of second running Karlycris Clarito Jr. who beat Dwayne Abella in an irregular opening.
In the Girls under 10, tied for first are Jerlyn Mae San Diego who checkmated Jan Chelsie Mendoza in 55 moves of a Modern Defence and Mhage Gerriah Lou Sebastian who also checkmated Rhea Jean Canino in 48 moves of a QGD. Leading in the under 8 is Ruelle Canino who defeated Althea Monique Bagano in 35 moves of a Scandinavian/Center Counter and remained unbeaten. A point behind is Mecel Angela Gadut who demolished in 17 moves the French Defence of Daren de la Cruz.
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).