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