Teenage sensation April Joy Claros shocked grandmaster contender Kylen Joy Mordido in the ninth and final round to govern the junior national chess championship in Malolos.
Ms. Claros, a 15-year-old Far Eastern University-Diliman standout, actually caught Mordido, an Olympic veteran, initially with six points each, but claimed the crown under the win-over-the-other rule .
It was Ms Claros’ third triumph after she ruled the under-20 section of the National Age Group Championships in Malolos City and the National Youth and Schools Championship in Dapitan City a month ago.
The feat also earned Ms. Claros a spot at the Asan Juniors Championships Nov. 17-26 in Tagaytay City, where she would have a shot at winning a straight international championship title or WGM norm if she ended up beating all odds and she surpasses.
Meanwhile, IM Daniel Quizon defeated IM Michael Concio Jr. by tiebreak to rule the boys’ tournament.
18-year-old Mr. Quizon and Mr. Concio both went unbeaten with 7.5 points each in seven wins and one draw, playing each other.
Mr. Quizon is also expected to take action in Tagaytay, where he is aiming for his second of the three required standards to be WGM. – Joey Villar