MANILA, Philippines – Joannah Love Marie Olay of Kidapawan City and Jerish John Velarde of Lapu-Lapu City are the champions of the Mindanao leg of the 2013 National Age Group Chess Championship, held at the Robinson’s Place in General Santos City last Sunday.
Olay, a grade two student of Kidapawan SPED Elementary School, defeated Ma. Rynah Eureka Anabieza of GenSan in the sixth and final round to finish the tournament unbeaten in the girls under-8 category.
Last Saturday, Olay booked back-to-back wins over Rhean Jane Canino of Cagayan de Oro City and Cynthia Zambrano of Davao City to virtually clinch her first major title.
Meanwhile, Velarde won the boys under-8 category with 5.0 points.
Allaney Jia Doroy of Agusan Del Norte was the champion of the girls under-12 category with 5.0 points.
Meann Joy Baclayon of Misamis Oriental (girls under-10), Honey Grace Buenafe of Panabo City (girls under-14), Dhona Yngayon (girls under-16) and Exiquila Apao of Davao City (girls under-20) are all leading their respective divisions with 4.5 points each.
Ronald Canino of Cagayan de Oro (boys under-10) and Chris Aldritz Pondoyo of General Santos (boys under-12) have scored 4.5 points to lead their categories.
Alberto Diolala Jr. of GenSan (boys under-16) and Nepthali Batucan of Davao City (boys under-20) have 5.0 points each to top their groups.
Bhing Joel Gimony of GenSan is leading the way in the boys under-14 division with 4.0 points.
The topnotchers in their respective categories will compete in the grand finals to choose the Philippine representative in the ASEAN Age Group competition to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in June. -- By Marlon Bernardino