SINGAPORE – Woman Fide Master Antonette San Diego stopped fellow Pinay and Woman International Master Bernadette Galas after a tightly-cpntested draw to throw the standings in the girls' 20-Under in disarray with only three rounds left in the 16th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships at the Nanyang University here.
Despite the draw, Galas, a student of De La Salle University, remained on top with 5.5 points, still a full point ahead of compatriot and WIM Janelle Mae Mendoza of FEU, who after a loss to Galas in the fourth round, has racked up two victories for 4.5 points.
San Diego, meanwhile, improved to a four-way tie for third with four points.
In the girls' Under18, Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza, FEU's board 2 player, downed Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya of Mongolia to improve into a tie for second-third places with four points, still 1.5 points behind solo leader WFM Sakshi Chtlange of India, who has 5 points.
Also still in contention for a medal in the girls side were Samantha Glo Revita in the girls' Under 16 (5 points); Alaney Jia Doroy (5 points) and Jesca Docena (4 points) in the girls U-14 and Mhage Sebastian (4.5 points) and Jerlyn Mae San Diego (4.0) in the girls Under-10.
In the boys' side, also fighting for a medal in the Under-20 category is IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia with 5 points as early favorite IM Paulo Bersamina could only manage a draw for three points.
Also still in contention in the boys side are Rhenzie Kyle Sevillano in the boys' Under-16 (4-way tie for third at 4 pts) and Stephen Rome Pangilinan, who despite suffering from a recurring flu, won his sixth round match to figure in a 7-way tie for the lead in the boys' Under 14.
Immediately after the sixth round, National Chess Federation of the Philippines Executive Director and PH head of delegation GM Jayson Gonzales rushed Pangilinan to a nearby clinic for treatment.
Senior players Edmundo Gatus, meanwhile, has three points, 1.5 points of the leader, while Senior B campaigner Alex Milagrosa shares the lead at 3.5 points with two other players.