Jersey Marticio, 13, rules age-group chess tilt

Jersey Marticio

Chess wunderkind Jersey Marticio swept all her seven matches to capture the elite girls 18-under division of the 2021 Mayor Atty. Rolen C Paulino National Age Group Online Chess Championships North Luzon Leg held online over the weekend.

The 13-year-old Marticio, a Grade 8 student of Pulo National High School in Cabuyao City, Laguna, finished with seven points with victories over Darlyn Villanueva, Marphine Faith Mangubat, Marian Calimbo, Me Ann Joy Baclayon, Aeoina Lou Tomas Mendoza, and Shaina Magne Romanillos.

She earned a bye in the fifth round.

Calimbo and Villanueva settled for the runner-up honors after tallying identical 5 points.

Also sharing the spotlight with Marticio were category winners Robert James Perez (Open 18-under), Ritchie James Abeleda (Open 16-under), Jelaine Adriano (girls 16-under), Arvie Aguilar (Open 20-under), and Ma. Elayza Villa (girls 20-under).

The tournament aims to encourage aspiring chess players to continue with the sports despite the pandemic by taking advantage of technology.