Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports - By JAIME A. FRIAS II

AGAYAN de Oro City’s Ruelle “Taw­ing” Canino re­mains on top of the lead de­spite ab­sorb­ing her first de­feat in 10-un­der girls level of the on­go­ing 18th ASEAN Age Group Chess Cham­pi­onships in Malaysia.

The 9-year-old Canino, a two-time Na­tional Age Group Chess Cham­pi­onships 8-un­der girls gold medal­ist, had a per­fect score af­ter four rounds be­fore yield­ing to PH com­pa­triot Antonella Berthe Ra­casa.

Ra­casa was the 10-un­der girls gold medal­ist in this year’s Na­tional Age Group Chess Cham­pi­onships held in Cebu City, where she first de­feated Canino.

De­spite the loss, Canino is still lead­ing by half a point with five points af­ter bounc­ing with a win over Muthusamy Mishalini of host Malaysia in the sixth round.

Team­mates Ra­casa and Daren dela Cruz share joint sec­ond and third places with 4.5 points apiece.

Canino will have to sweep the re­main­ing two rounds to win the gold start­ing with an­other Malaysian Ah­mad Suf­fian Aina Af­rina in the penul­ti­mate sev­enth round as of press time.

Canino in ac­tion. Supplied Photo

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