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PCAP: Kingsmen, Knights, Eagles sustain hot starts

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NEGROS, Iloilo and Camarines continued their relentless showing in the 2021 Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) All-Filipino Conference last Saturday.

Negros Kingsmen, bannered by IMs Nelson “Elo” Mariano III and Joel Pimentel, whipped Cebu City Machers, 18-3, in combined rapid and blitz competitions to keep their immaculate record with five straight victories.

Mariano, younger brother of five-time national women’s champion Christine Rose Mariano and GM Nelson Mariano II, outduelled NM Elwin Retanal, 2-1, while Pimentel, one of Negros’ homegrown bets, swept Mark Mangubat, 3-0, to lead the Kingsmen.

Also posting shutout victories for Negros were FM Randy Segarra, who defeated NM Anthony Makinano; NM Roizon Roullo, who blanked Sephas Seguisabal; and Jason Bandal, who downed Eduard de la Torre.

Retired judge and FM Rosendo Bandal, Jr., scored two points, beating his senior counterpart NM Lincoln Yap in their rapid game after losing in blitz.

Matching Negros’ five-game winning streak were the GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr.-led Iloilo Kisela Knights, who overpowered Lapu-Lapu Nakki Warriors, 16-5; and the GM Mark Paragua-led Camarines Soaring Eagles, who trounced the Mindoro Elgin Tamaraws, 18.5-2.5.

The Kisela Knights swept the seven blitz games, with all their players – Antonio, NM Giovanni Mejia, lady player Fiona Guirhem, senior player Cesar Mariano, and homegrowns NM John Michael Silvederio, Fritz Bryan Porras, and Mark Jossel Mariano prevailing over their Nakki Warriors counterparts.

In the rapids, the Warriors salvaged five points courtesy of NM Merben Roque, who upset Antonio, senior player Odilon Badilles, who beat win Mariano, and Aldwin Daculan, who drew with Dennis Bernas.

Winning earlier against Zamboanga, Iloilo remains a co-leader in the Southern Division with 5-0 record.

Camarines kept pace with a 14-7 victory over the all-female team of Palawan behind. Paragua and untitled standout Ellan Asuela.

WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego provided the lone victory for the Queen’s Gambit in blitz by beating Ezraline Alvarez.

WNM Carmelita Abanes and homegrowns Mikee Suede and Marife Dela Torre halved the rapid points with NM Carlo Lorena, Christian Daluz and NM Virgen Ruaya, respectively.

In the rapids, WIM Catherine Perena-Secopito and homegrown Yanika Eli Seratubias shocked their counterparts Asuela and NM Ronald Llavanes.

San Diego repeated over Alvarez in the female board. board.

In other games, it was Zamboanga over Iriga, 12-9; Toledo over Surigao, 12.5-8.5; San Juan over Isabela: 18-3; Caloocan over Cavite, 12-9; Manila over Cagayan, 13.5-7.5; Laguna over Olongapo, 18-3; Antipolo over Quezon City, 12-9; and Rizal over Pasig: 13-8.

Cordova Dagami Warriors and Mindoro Elgin Tamaraws ended on deadheat at 10.5 points each.

The teams will settle the tie by way of 3-board Armageddon at a later date. The 24-team tournament is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by Chairman/President Prospero “Butch” Pichay, and sanctioned by the Games and Ammusements Board (GAB), led by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra.

PCAP is headed by Chairman Michael Angelo Ong and President-Commissioner Atty. Paul Elauria.

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Ed Andaya
Sports Editor - People's Tonight