CEBU CITY – The Cordova Dutchess Dagami Warriors inched closer to regaining the top of the team standings winning two games, and spurred by the loss of Camarines Soaring Eagles in one of its two assignments in the ongoing 2021 Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) Wesley So Cup Conference North vs. South phase, on the evening of June 16.
Playing without its reinforcement Israeli GM Nitzan Steinberg for the second time, the Dagami Warriors seemed to give away Board 1 to the oppositions. Instead of moving up its second best player to the top board, Cordova strategist pitted its reserved payers with the top-board player of the oppositions.
In the game against Rizal Batch Towers, Francisco Rivera and PCAP vice-chairman and Cordova Dutchess team owner Ariel Potot took turns in trying to beat IM Rolando Nolte. But they both yield the points to Rizal Board 1 player.
Board 3 player WIM Bernadette Galas, Board Mario Mangubat, Board 5 Michael Joseph Pagaran, Board 6 Bryle Arellano and Board 7 Allan Pason lorded it over their respective opponents to give Cordova Dutchess a 5 to 2 win in the Blitz event. Merben Roque then made up for his loss to NM Noel Dela Cruz in Board 2 in the Blitz game and joined the six other Dagami Warriors in defeating their respective opponents in the Rapid games, 12-2 en route to a masterful 17-4 win over the Batch Towers.
Against the Quezon City Simba’s Tribe, Dione Patrick Minoza was successful against Alan Cabe in the Blitz Board 1 match, but RiChess Masters CEO and co-founder yielded game to the same opponent on the same board in the Rapid game. It was only Robert Suelo who prevented the total domination of Cordova Dutches as he defeated Pagaran in the botched game in Board 5.
After scoring a 6-1 win in the Blitz events, Cordova went 9 to 5 in the Rapid competitions for a 15-6 victory over Simba’s Tribe to improve 15-2 win-loss tally in the overall team standings. San Juan Predators, Camarines and the Manila Indios Bravos are also sporting the same win-loss record going into this Saturday’s match-ups.
Camarines picked its second loss of the conference from the hands of the Pasig City King Pirates 12 to 9 before bouncing back with a 20-1 win over the Olongapo Rainbow Team 7 in the second match.
Camarines will have two tough assignments – Manila in the first game and Laguna Heroes (13-4) in the second. Cordova will test its mettle against Pasig City (11-6) in the opening match and Olongapo (0-17) in the second game. Manila’s second match is against the Cebu City Machers (5-12) while San Juan will play Lapu-Lapu City Naki Warriors (6-11) and Mirdoro Tamaraws (2-15) respectively.
Meanwhile, Cebu City failed to gain momentum from a 12.5 to 8.5 win over Quezon City as they lost to Pasig City 16-5 in the nightcap. Lapu-Lapu City and Toledo City Trojans meanwhile fell with back-to-back defeats.
Lapu-Lapu bowed to Caloocan Loadmanna Knights 16 to 5 and to Antipolo Cobras 12.5 to 8.5 while Toledo yields to Manila (12.5 to 8.5) and Laguna 14.5 to 6.5 respectively. RCM