MANILA, Philippines – Fritz Bryan Porras and Kristel Shayne Herrera are this year’s champions in the recently concluded Visayas leg of the National Age Group Chess Championships in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental over the weekend.
Porres tallied five points to top the boys under-20 division, while Herrera scored 3.5 points to emerge as overall champion in the combined girls under-20 and under-16.
John Vincent Merabe (U-16), Valerio Mangubat (U-14), Cyril Felrod Telesforo (U-12), Casa Gil Jr. (U-10), and Mark Jay Bacojo (U-18) also topped their respective divisions in the boys’ category.
Other notable winners include Natori Biazza Diaz for the combined girls U-14 and U-12, and Methusellah Hoban for the combined girls U-10 and U-8 events.
Each champion in the six different categories will advance to the grand finals in June.
The tournament was sponsored by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and Mayor Patrick Escalante, and was organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. -- By Marlon Bernardino