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2017 nat’l age group chess championships: Doroy, Mordido lead

Asian Youth Chess Championships 2016 gold medalists WFM Allanney Jia Doroy and Kylen Joy Mordido banner the perfect scorers after five rounds in the ongoing National Age Group Chess Championships at Robinson’s Galleria in Cebu City.

In a release on Saturday by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), the organizer of the event, Doroy who hails from Surigao del Sur and now based in Manila, is 1.5 points ahead of the opposition in the U18 girls bracket while Dasmarinas, Cavite native Mordido is tied with Quennie May Samarita of City of Gen. Trias,Cavite.

Keeping pace with them are perennial Asean Age Group Chess Championships champions, Daniel Quizon (U14 boys) of Dasmarinas, Cavite and Michael Concio, Jr. (U12 boys) of Los Banos, Laguna.

Campaigning in the U10 girls, Antonella Berthe Racasa, daughter of the country’s foremost exponent on memory enhancement, Robert Racasa, is a revelation in the tilt co-presented by Province of Cebu and Marty Pimentel and supported by Philippine Sports Commission.

Less than a year after her first nibble at chess and is only on her third tournament, she turned the table on Asian Youth gold medalist Darren de la Cruz en route to posting 5 points.

Other five-pointers in the girls division include Regina Catherine Quinanola (U14) of Malabuyok, Cebu; and Mecel Angela Gadut of Candon City and Jirah Floravie Cutiyog of City of Gen.Trias, Cavite, both U8 girls. In the most hotly-contested category (U8 boys), brothers Rusian and King Lanz Pamplona of Passi, Iloilo, Al-Basher Buto of Cainta,Rizal and Art Noblijas of Zamboanga notched identical 5 wins.

San Pedro, Laguna’s Jerick Marino (U16 boys) and Mandaluyong City’s Cedric Kahlel Abris (U10) round out the roster of 100 percenters with eight rounds left in the tourney also supported by DepEd, Cebu City and Province of Cebu Sports Commissions.

Primo P. Agatep/PNA