CHESTER Neil Reyes of Rodriguez, Rizal stunned FIDE Master Samant Aditya S of India in 61 moves of a Sicilian defense early Thursday to remain on top after six rounds in the FIDE Online Rapid World Cup Cadet and Youth Chess Championship.
With four rounds to go in the open 16-under division, the 15-year-old Reyes shares first place with International Master Denis Lazavik of Belarus, Fide Master Rohit Krishna of India and Ruben Fernandez Lopez of Spain with identical 5.5 points.
"I am very glad for Chester that he now has a chance to showcase the world of his enormous talent. I am not at all surprised by his performance knowing his talent and the hard work he puts in his game," said coach Richard Villaseran of King's Gambit Chess School, where Reyes trains.
"He is really underrated and he is showing in this tournament he is one of the world's best junior players. He just needs a break and more exposure."
Another Filipino bet, Jeremy Marticio of Cabuyao, Laguna scored back-to-back victories to also vault into contention with 4.0 points.