By Kristel Satumbaga
Woman International Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda stole the lead from WIM Kylen Joy Mordido with a 10th-round victory on Monday in the 2019 National Women’s Chess Championship Grand Finals Standard event at the PACE Headquarters in Quezon City.
Fronda toppled Mordido in 30 moves of a London System game to improve to seven points on four wins and six draws and join WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego at the helm.
San Diego rode on the momentum of her ninth-round triumph and bested May Ann Alcantara in 71 moves of a Modern Defense for her fifth win against four draws and one loss.
Alcantara remained at the bottom with 1 point.
Mordido’s defeat sent her on a four-way logjam at second place with 6.5 points, half a point behind the leaders.
Also at second were Woman FIDE Master Shania Mae Mendoza, WIM Catherine Secopito and WIM Bernadette Galas.
Mendoza drew with WIM Mikee Charlene Suede after 31 moves of a Slav Defense, Secopito routed Samantha Umayan in 27 moves of a Reti Opening, and Galas split the point with Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna after 43 moves of a Caro Kann Defense.
With the draws, Frayna and Suede both slightly improved to 6 points, while Umayan remained near the bottom with 1.5 points.
Other matches saw Mira Mirano edging Woman FIDE Master Allaney Jia Doroy in 50 moves of a Modern Defense for 4 points, and Natori Diaz halving the point with Rizalyn Tejada for 3.5 points.
Doroy remained with 5 points, while Diaz and Tejada improved to 3.5 and 3 points.