June 13, 2021


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Cordova Dutchess

Two more wins for Cordova Dutchess

CEBU CITY, 30-May-2021 – The Cordova Dutchess opened the night with a seemingly flawless game en route to scoring two more wins to stay unbeaten after nine games in the 2021 Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) Wesley So Cup Conference, Saturday evening.


The RiChess Masters-backed Cordova Dutchess played with much gusto as they showed no mercy to the unsuspecting Mindoro Tamaraws following a 20-1 bashing in the opening games and capped the night with a 16-5 spanking on the Iriga City Oragons to stretch its winning streak to nine games.


The Dagami Warriors flexed its muscles early as they swept all its assignments in the Blitz matches before allowing the Tamaraws to escape with a draw in Board 4 pairing between Mario Mangubat and Cesar Cunanan in the Rapid games that prevented a Cordova Dutchess clean sweep.


In PCAP history, four teams did a 20-1 record last conference with the Laguna Heroes did it three times against the Cebu City Machers on Feb. 6, versus the Isabela Knight Raiders on March 17 and against the Quezon City Simba’s Tribe on March 20; Negros Kingsmen also had its own version of a 20-1 record against the Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates on March 17, the Iloilo Kisela Knights on March 3 against the Palawan Queen’s Gambit and the Camarines Soaring Eagles over the Olongapo Rainbow Team 7 on Feb. 13.


The San Juan Predators held the distinction as the only team so far that scored a clean 21-0 sweep against the Isabela on March 10.


Inspired by an astounding performance against Mindoro, the Dagami Warriors whipped the cellar-dwelling Oragons 16-5 on their second game of the night.


Cordova Dutchess’ top two board players Israeli GM Nitzan Steinberg and NM Merben Roque sustained the fire to lead the Dagami Warriors to a 5-2 win in the Blitz and capped the night with an 11-3 beating in the Rapid games to push Iriga to its ninth straight losses in as many games.


Steinberg, Roque along with Cordova’s homegrown players Bryle Arellano and Allan Pason and lady member WIM Bernadette Galas had perfect scores, a median performance by Mangubat and even Team Manager Francis Rivera contribute 3 points on the team’s win over Mindoro.


To Cordova Dutchess team owner Ariel Potot, the team’s performance today was a result of unselfish and concerted efforts and commitment in training. He also credited the assistance of Dione Miñoza and Assistant Coach Yves Christian Fiel, who were responsible for the team’s outstanding strategies and game plans.


On Wednesday, June 2, the Dagami Warriors will have its most crucial assignments that would set the tone of its campaign further in this conference.


On the opening game, Cordova will play for separation against the second running Camarines Soaring Eagles to be followed by the Zamboanga Sultans game in the nightcap.


The Soaring Eagles were 2-0 over the Dagami Warriors on the last conference after pulling a 16-5 win last Jan. 20 and 15.5 to 5.5 on March 3 while splitting their meetings with the Sultans an 11.5 to 9.5 win on Jan. 20 and a 10-11 loss on March 6.


Meanwhile, the Cebu City Machers split its assignment on Saturday following an 8-13 loss to Negros and a 16.5 to 4.5 win over Lapu-Lapu City Naki Warriors, the Toledo City Trojans pulled two thrilling 11-10 victories over Surigao and Negros respectively. Lapu-Lapu City also dropped its opening assignment to Iloilo 18-3.


Toledo City now occupied the solo third place with 7-2 card, Lapu-Lapu City shared the 6th and 7th places with Negros with their 4-5 win-loss cards and Cebu City and Palawan took the 8th and 9th places with 3-6 slates. RCM