Four PH chessers advanced to the next round of their respective divisions in the FIDE Online Rapid World Cup Cadets & Youth Chess Championships over the weekend.
Wayne Ruiz advanced to the Open 14-under playoff round after ending up in a six-player logjam for second place in the preliminaries.
Ruiz banked on his last-round victory over Kazakhstan’s Edgar Mamedov in a marathon 84 moves of a Sicilian encounter to finish with 8 points.
Lexie Grace Hernandez also advanced to the knockout stage in the girls 16-under division.
Also barging into the Round of 16 knockout phase were Jersey Marticio and April Joy Claros in the girls’ 14-under.
Marticio claimed the top seeding after finishing with 8.5 points highlighted by a 10th-round victory in the prelims against Woman FIDE Master Kai Ni Agnes Chong of Malaysia.
The 14-year-old prevailed after 22 moves of a Slave Defense.
Claros, meanwhile, advanced after finishing tied for sixth with 7.5 points.
Her last match ended with a draw with American Yesun Lee in 33 moves of a Queen’s Pawn London System.
Ruelle Canino, however, failed to advance after finishing with only six points for a share of 30th place.