Literatus leads, Moulic second in nat’l age-group chess

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Friday, April 25, 2014


DAVAO City's Fide Master (FM) Austin Jacob Literatus retained the top spot in boys under-20 event while Ella Grace Moulic placed second in girls under-16 of the 2014 National Age-Group Chess Championships at Leachar Resort and Leisure Park in San Antonio, Quezon Province as of Friday.

The 12th-seeded National University varsity scholar Literatus, who hails from Toril, tallied 6.5 points along with third-seeded FM Paulo Bersamina to share the first and second places after the eighth round.

Literatus eked out stunning wins over seventh-seed Mcdominique Lagula, second-seed Marc Christian Nazario, eight-seed Jose Carlo Castro, ninth-seed Jefferson Mansanero and 10th-seed Jose Maria College's Clark Kent Anabieza. Literatus also settled for a truce with top-ranked Alvin Acas of the Holy Cross of Davao College, Bersamina and fourth-seed Virgen Gil Ruaya.

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The Dabawenyo's next opponents are Justine Lita, John Gerard Acedo and Prince Mark Aquino.

Acas occupied the ninth spot with three points while fellow Dabawenyos Acedo and Añabieza placed 10th and 11th, respectively.

In girls U16, Moulic led two other six-pointers WFM Shania Mendoza and Julie Anne Opema via superior tiebreaks to take the second place behind leader WFM Samantha Glo Revita who earned 6.5 points after Round 7. The fifth-seeded Palarong Pambansa-bound Moulic scored five wins against Cristy Cabungag, Opema and Alea Bianca Garinglao before upsetting No. 1 Joerlz Gimony of JMC and No. 2 Marife dela Torre. Moulic drew with Mendoza and No. 3 Charlotte Britney Paez.

De La Salle University (DLSU)-based Davao bet John Marvin Miciano, meanwhile, was at fourth place in boys U14. He scored 5.5 points after eighth round only one point behind leader Darry Bernardo who had 6.5 points.

In the distaff side, Honey Grace Buenafe of JMC (4.5) shared the fifth and sixth place with Alexis Anne Osena while Mati City chesser Frince Ezra Vanjo Ocliasa took the eighth spot with 3.5 points after eighth round.

Davao Wisdom Academy's Earl Rhey Mantilla, however, struggled at eighth place in boys U12. Though seeded second before the start of the annual event organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, Mantilla got four points in eight rounds.

Buhangin resident Rowelyn Joy Acedo, who is also a DLSU mainstay, occupied the fifth place in girls U18 with four points after Round 7. Leader Michelle Yaon amassed six points.

Matches were going on as of this writing.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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