Cedric Kahlel Abris pulls away and remains unbeaten in the Boys under 8 category after the seventh round of the 2015 National Age-Group Chess Championships Grand Finals held at the PSC Athletes' Dining Hall, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, P. Ocampo St., Manila.
Abris, a qualifier from the Luzon eliminaton leg, showed class in his category by beating second running Dwayne Pahaganas in 45 moves of a Sicilian Defence He scores 7 out of 7 and is 2.5 points ahead of nearest pursuers Ghian Michael Aleria, Gladimir Chester Romero and Karlycris Clarito Jr.
In the Girls under 8, Ruelle Canino and Mezel Angela Gadut share the lead by making short work of Caerel Shane Mantilla in 15 moves of a Nimzowitsch Defence and subduing Candace Faye Caalim of NCF in 63 moves of a Scotch Opening, respectively.
Woman National Master Jean Karen Enriquez and Woman FIDE Master Cherry Ann Mejia also share the lead in the under 20 category by drawing their game of a French Defence in 30 moves. In the under 18 category two players also share the lead: Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza and Venice Vicente both studying at Far Eastern University. WFM Mendoza beat Mira Mirano in 31 moves of a Pirc Defence while Vicente draw her game with Virgenie Ruaya.
In the Girls under 16, Laila Camel Nadera hold on to her slim lead after beating Ma. Bernice Olay in 31 moves of a Dutch Defence. She is closely followed by Woman FIDE Master Samantha Glo Revita who subdued Genlaiza Pearl Bagorio in 46 moves of a Sicilian.
Kylen Joy Mordido still led the under 14 category after defeating Amber Juneeza Ambor in 63 moves of a KIA/London System. She is followed by Allanney Jia Doroy and Bea Mendoza of Baguio City who defeated the Nimzo Indian Defence of Jesca Docena in 54 moves.
In the under 12 category Irish Yngayo using the Alekhine Defence prevailed over Queen Peralta after 88 moves. Sharing second place are Ma. Elayza Villa, who beat Cherry Marie Huliganga and Me Ann Joy Baclayon who beat Alessandra Ann Naya in 58 moves of a Sicilian Defence. Sharing the lead with 6 points in six games in the under 10 category are Jerlyn Mae San Diego who beat Precious Day Yecla in 86 moves of a Reti Opening and Mhage Gerriah Lou Sebastian who demolished the Slav Defence of Arianne Pearl Caalim in 30 moves.
FIDE Master Austin Jacob Literatus continue to dominate the Boys under 20 category this time beating second running Prince Mark Aquino of LPU to register 5.5 points in six games of play. In second place aside from Aquino are Vince Angelo Medina and Christian Villegas.
Carlo Caranyagan of Arellano University led the under 18 category followed closely by schoolmate Kyz Llantada and Jonathan Jota. In the under 16 Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano draw with Jeth Remy Morado to register 6.5 points. He is followed by National Master John Merill Jacutina, Daryl Unix Samantila and John Marvin Miciano with 5 points.
In the under 14 category, Stephen Rome Pangilinan stopped erstwhile leader Istraelito Rilloraza in 40 moves of an English Opening to led with 5.5 points followed by Rilloraza and Lee Roi Palma of the University of the East who defeated Japheth Aaron Caresosa in 40 moves of a KID.
Daniel Quizon outlasted Remegio Galenzoga III to continue to dominate the under 12 category while FIDE Master Alekhine Nouri demolished John Lester Delano in 19 moves of a Center Counter to catch up with Michael Concio Jr. for the lead in the under 10 category. Concio settled for a draw with Julian Raymund Suniel in 56 moves of a Nimzo-Indian Defence.
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).