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Iloilo, San Juan chessers hang tough


ILOILO Kisela Knights and San Juan Predators took different routes before beating their respective opponents in the 2021 Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) All-Filipino tournament late Saturday.

Iloilo whipped Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates, 17.5-3.5, and erstwhile co-leader Camarines Soaring Eagles, 17.5-3.5, while San Juan subdued Manila Indios Bravos, 16-5, and Olongapo Rainbows, 12.5-8.5, to keep the lead n their respective divisions in this prestigious 24-team tournament organized by PCAP and supported by San Miguel Corporation.

GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr outwitted GM Mark Paragua, Karl Victor Ochoa edged Raul Fernandez and Cherry Ann Mejia overwhelmedVirgenia Ruaya as Iloilo swept all seven matches in the rapid competition.

Also winning for the Kisela Knights of chess patron Leo Sotaridonia are NM Cesar Mariano, Dennis Bernas, NM John Michael Silvederio and Fritz Bryan Porras.

Iloilo’s 14-0 sweep of rapid games negated the 3.5-3.5 result of their blitz games.

Earlier, Iloilo also completed a similar easy victory over Surigao in the twice-a-week competition sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

Overall, Iloilo has a 27-4 win-loss record and 464 points in the Southern Conference.

Tied for second and third places are Negros Kingsmen and Camarines with 26-5 record.

Negros humbled Lapu-Lapu City Naki Warriors, 14-7, but fell to the Zamboanga Sultans, 9.5-11.5, while Camarines defeated Cebu City Machers, 15.5-5.5, before losing to Iloilo.

Leading the assault for the Sultans are IM Chito Garma,who won over FM Nelson Mariano; Sarah Mae Chua, who beat Rowelyn Joy Acedo; Dr. Jenny Mayor, who tripped NM Rosendo Bandal, Jr.; and NM Zulfikar Sali, who beat Adrian de la Cruz.

Negros, however, holds the edge over Camarines in tiebreak with 431-427 points with still three rounds left.

The day also belonged to the Palawan Queen’s Gambits, who completed a twin kill by beating the Iriga City Oragons, 17-4, and Mindoro Tamaraws, 15-6.

Although already out of contention for a playoff berth, the all-female team of manager Jorge Mitra and coach Susan Grace Neri improved to 5-26 overall.

In the Northern Conference, San Juan and Laguna Heroes completed back-to-back victories to share the lead with 27-4 slates.

Laguna, bannered by GM Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr. and John Paul Gomez, overpowered Antipolo Cobras, 19-2, and Cagayan Knight Raiders, 17.5-3.5, to match San Juan’s record.

Overall San Juan is still ahead with 457.5 points against Laguna’s 451 points.

A big surprise in the North is the Pasig Pirates’ 12.5-8.5 decision over Caloocan Load Manna Knights and 13-8 triumph over the Cavite Spartans.

Led by GMs Darwin Laylo and Roland Salvador and WIM Sherily Cua, the Pirates vaulted to sixth place overall wth 16-15 record.

Laylo outplayed IM Paulo Bersamina, 2-1, Salvador downed IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia, 2-1, and Cua downed Arvie Lozano, 2.5-.5, in the first three boards of the Pirates’ dominant win in rapid event.

NM Rudy Ibanez bested Rosauro Caunte, 3-0, in the senior board.

The top eight teams after the eliminations will advance to the quarterfinal round on March 24.

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Ed Andaya
Sports Editor - People's Tonight