Top seed GM Abhijeet Gupta of India regained the lead after downing our own GM Darwin Laylo in a Zukertort Opening Symmetrical variation in 33 moves. Laylo resigned after Gupta threatened to checkmate his King with a pawn. Gupta registers 6 points in 8 games of play, half a point ahead of five other players that included Russian GMs Anton Demchenko and Anton Shomoev, Chinese players GM Lu Shanglei and IM Lin Chen, and GM Chakkravarthy Deepan of India.
Two rounds remain of the first of two international tournaments organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by its officers: Chairman and President Prospero ‘Butch’ Pichay, Jr., Secretary General Congressman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino and Grassroots Promotion Chairman Congressman Neri Javier Colmenares. It is financially supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) headed by its Chairman, the Honorable Ricardo R. Garcia and in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee headed by its President, the Honorable Jose S. Cojuangco, Jr.
Laylo was relegated to the 4th group of players with 4.5 points that included Filipinos GM Joey Antonio and IM Rolando Nolte, GM Alexander Zubov (Ukraine) and GM Pavel Smirnov (Russia).
In third group with 5 points are GM Boris Savchenko, IM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan, GM Vitaly Sibuk and GM Vladimir Belous.
In the Challenger division, Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza and Lennon Hart Salgados drew with separate rivals to tie for the lead with 5.5 points. Mendoza drew with Seniors Champion Verth Alora in 37 moves of an Alvin Counter Gambit while Salgados drew with Kevin Merano in 33 moves of a Slav Defense.