Jerad Docena and 2010 Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Melwyn Kenneth Baltazar ended shared first at the NCR leg of the 2010 Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship, a nine round Swiss System held June 26-27,2010 at the Event Center,SM Mega Mall,Mandaluyong City.Both scores 8.0 points.This year the event attracted two hundred eighty one players aged 14 years old and below.The first five rounds was held on Saturday,then four rounds on Sunday.
After scoring 5/5 points after five rounds Docena and Baltazar drew each other in round 6. Both players dropped half a point each in the final round.Docena salvage a draw against Paul Robert Evangelista while Baltazar was held to a draw by Giovani Mejia.In the final standings Docena had a slightly better tie break Both qualified for the grand finals to be held in late October this year.
Five players ended shared 3rd,with 7.5 points each but only Giovani Mejia qualified, Christian Nanola (Laguna) Paul Robert Evangelista (FEU) and Jose Carlo Castro also scored 7.5 points but just missed qualifications.Top under 12 players like Mervince Yanzon, Carlo Caranyagan,Elijah Maliam Romulo Curioso Jr and Nelson Busa also failed to qualify.
Shell National Youth Active Chess – NCR Leg Winners
The 18th Shell National Youth Active Chess Championship National Capital Region Leg held recently at SM Megamall finished off with De La Salle University's Mari Joseph Turqueza and Jerad Docena from Far Eastern University- FERN Diliman emerging as leg champions in the Juniors and Kiddies division respectively.