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.