IT’S a reversal of fortunes as the girls improved their standings, while the boys dropped their matches in Round 7 of the 2014 Asean+ Age Group Chess Championship in Macau.

Casey Manlosa, Alphecca Gonzales and Glesit Marie Tatoy improved their rankings, while Jerish John Velarde and Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano lost their matches.

The losses reduced the chances of Velarde and Sevllano to earn Fide Master titles as there are only rounds left.

Velarde slipped back to 12th place after losing to Battulga Anar of Mongolia in just his second loss in the Open U8 competition, while Sevillano bowed to Minh Tu Le of Vietnam and slid to third place in the Open U16 contest.

Velarde and Sevillano are hoping to win their last two matches today with the 7-year old prodigy from Lapu-Lapu City facing Sheng Feng Ng of Singapore and the 15-year old pride of Tuburan, Cebu playing the black pieces against Tupfah Kumnorkaew of Thailand.

The girls, on the other hand, got back on track for a medal finish after Manlosa improved to 3.0 points with a win over Natalie Lian Yuen Ching of Singapore in the Girls U8 competitiion. Gonzales also improved to 4.0 points after a draw with compatriot Checy Aliena Telesforo in the Girls U10 and Tatoy moved up to 3.5 points after beating Jacquelyn Masilomani of Fiji in the Girls U12.

Today, Manlosa will play Jocelyn Jiyoon Lee of South Korea; Gonzales will take on WFM Dam Duyen Le of Vietnam; and Tatoy will play with the white pieces against Vu Thu Hien Nguyen of Vietnam.