MANILA---International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia of Manila grabbed the solo lead in the 2013 POC-PSC Philippine National Games Standard chess competition following an impressive victory over Eden Diano of Cebu held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Main Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila.
The Ateneo de Manila University top player raised his total to 5.5 points in six rounds.
Top seed GM Mark Paragua of Quezon City and Fide Master Haridas Pascua of Mangatarem, Pangasinan agreed to a truce and share second to third placers after tallying identical 5.0 points apiece.
12-time national open champion GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. defeated Jeffrey Ravago of Manila to lead the group of 4.5 points in the company of GM John Paul Gomez of Binan, Laguna, IM Barlo Nadera of Malabon, IM elect Mari Joseph Turqueza of Quezon City and NM Alcon John Datu of Caloocan City.