LAOAG City—Woman Fide Master Allaney Doroy outwitted Alexis Anne Osena in a difficult endgame to collect her eighth straight victory in the girls’ Under-16, even as WIM Janella Mae Fronda remained at the helm in the tough Open-20 (Boys) division in the 2016 National Age Group Chess Championship at the Mariano Marcos State University campus here.
With the win, Doroy, a freshman at the National University, needs only to win the last three rounds in her category for a perfect 11-of-11 mark and earn a spot in the national team which will see action in the ASEAN Age Group Chess Championship set in Pattaya, Thailand next month.
The only other player in the week-long tournament organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and hosted by the provincial government of Ilocos Norte who remained unscathed is Marjerie Janapin of Taguig with seven points in the girls’ Under-10, after Mark Bacojo settled for a draw in the eighth round of the boys’ Under-10.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Frayna made short work of Kyz Llantada to improve her total to five points with only four rounds left to play in her group.
In the girls’ Under-20, WIM Bernadette Galas settled for a draw against Rowelyn Joy Acedo to remain on top with 5.5, a half point ahead of WNM Jean Karen Enriquez who downed Mira Mirano to stay within striking distance at 5.0.
In the boys’ Under-18, FEU student John Merill Jacutina won by walkover against Fernando Mendoza to retain his lead with 7.5 points, half a point ahead of Renzi Kyle Sevillano, who is a close second with seven points.
Other current leaders in the boy’ side are John Marvin Miciano (5.5 points, Under-16), Stephen Rome Pangilinan (5.5, Under-14), Daniel Quizon (7 points, Under-12) and Ghian Michael Aleria (8 points, Under-8).
In the girls side, still leading their group are Ruth Joy Vinuya (5.5, Under-12) and Daren dela Cruz (4.5, Under-8).