Asian Youth: San Diego keeps solo lead; Suede, Camacho, Fronda shine

SUBIC – The future  is  bright for  Philippine chess – even in  the girls division.
Marie Antroinette San Diego continued  her  smashing  performance in the girls 12 years old and under category in the 2011 Asian Youth chess championships at  the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel here.

Diego, who bagged  the gold medal in the ASEAN Primary Schools  Sports Olympiad ( APSSO)  held  in Jakarta, Indonesia last November,  pulled the trug from under third seed Sagar Tejaswini of India in the sxirth round to raise her score to 5.5 points on five wins  and one draw in this prestigious, nine-round  competition hosted by the National ChessFederation of the Philippines (NCFP).

The  multi-awarded campaigner from Dasmarinas, Cavite, who honed her skills  as a Milo-Checkmate student under  Mila Emperado,  remains half a point ahead   of two-time world under-8 champion Maria Ivana Furtado of India with still  three rounds remaining.
Another  Filipina campaigner, Samantha Glo Revita,  drew with Nilufar  Yagubbayeva  of Uzbekistan  to stay in a tie for third to  seventh places with four points.
Sharing the limelight were  Mikee Charlenbe Suede , Cheradee Chardine Camacho, and Jan Jodilyn Fronda, who hurdled their respectiveopponents  to  move into  contention in the girls 18 under category.

Suede toppled top seed  Nguyen Thi Mai Hung of Vietnam,  Camacho outclassed Liu Hongyan of China and  Fronda dumped  Vo Thi Kim Pung of Vietnam to  strengthen ther  medal chances with  four points in six rounds.

The three Filipina players, however,  still lag behind  frontrunner  Rucha Pujari of India  (5.5 points) andd  Hoang Thi Nu of Vietnam ( 4.5).
Also boosting  his chances  for a medal was  Chery Ann Mejia, who surprised top seed  Bodda Pratyusha of India to  vault into solo seocnd place with  4.5 points.
Mejia is 1.5 points P.V. Nandhidhaa of ndia, who kept her perfect score of six points.
Top seed  Jan Emmanuel Garcia, however, was held to a draw by  Nima Javanbakht of India and  dropped  to solo second place in the boysw 16 under with five points, half a point behind  Antonio Viani  D’ Cunha of india.

Dennis Gutierrez  III  demolished Erdene  Baasansuren of Mongolia to keep second place in the boys 8 under with  4.5 points.

Gutierrez, however, trails solo leader  Arawind  Ram of India by one and a half points.
The rest of the  Filipino campaigners struggled long and hard to  remain in the hunt for  medal  in this week-long event,  which attracted 287 players from 20 countries.
Haridas Pascua split the point with  Jahongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan and Alcon John Datu halved the point with  Liu Guanchu of China to stay in contention in  the boys 18 under with 3.5 points out of a posisble six.

The two are tied for sixth to ninth places in the 20-player field  dominated by Indian players  IM Das Debashis and  G.A., Stany.

Dominique Laguna  trounced  Zhokhar Uulu Zhanbai of  Kyrgyzstan to move into a tie for eighth  to ninth places with 3.5 points in the boys 16 under.
Already out of it  were Dave Patrick Dulay, who lost to Ali Valizadeh of India; , Paul Robert Evangelista, who drew with G,T. Premachandra; of Sri Lanka and  Paul Casiano, who bowed to Mhamal Anurag of India.

Jerad Docena outplayed Mersad Khodashenas of Iran  to climb into a tie for sxith to seventh places  in the boys 14 under with  four points.
The other boys 14 under players – Giovanni Mejia ( 3.0 points), Joshua Ramos ( 2.5),  Matthew Luke de Leon ( 2.5) and  Raul Sol Cruz ( 1.5) – remain too far behind to pose a threat.

Ynna Sophia Canape outwitted  Vu Thie Dieu of Vietnam and Mira Mirano edged  Jargamala Sarantuya of  Mongolia to improve to four and 3.5 points, respectively.

Daryl Samantila whipped  Leong Seak  Hin of Macau,  Haince Patrick de Leon trounced  Reza Asgharzadeh of Iran and  Daneil John Lemi beat  Khashayar  Azimi of Iran to improve their standings in the obys 12 under.

Samantila  is  tied for fourth to eighth places with four points,   while De Leon and Lemi are tied for ninth to 12 th  places with 3.5 points.

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