Paralympics Phiippine Paralympics coach James Infiesto and PCAP chairman Michael Angelo Chua shake hands after making the ceremonial moves in the PCAP Inter-Commercial chess team championship. PCAP photo

Datamatics, Army share limelight in PCAP chessfest

August 20, 2023 Ed Andaya 729 views

DATAMATICS and Philippine Army shared the limelight after three rounds in the 2023 PCAP Inter-Commercial chess team tournament at the Estancia Mall in Pasig City last Saturday.

Datamatics swept Rising Phoenix in the first round, Michael Angelo Foundation, Inc. in the second round and Tarrasch Knight in the third round, while Philippine Army won over Bazfam in the first round, AI Express in the second round and C.E. Dana Construction in the third round to take the headstart in the three-day, over-the-board competition organized by the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP).

Datamatics, however, leads the way with 41.5 game points over Philippine Army’s 34 points.

Buenaviel Construction and Petrochem share third to fourth places with 2.5 points.

Buenaviel defeated guest team PHILSPADA Team-A and Hubzstar Chess School before drawing with PEtrochm in the third round.

Petrochem also swept its first two matches against Ay Aning Up Keep in the first round and ActionLab IT Services before splitting the point with Buenaviel.

Buenaviel leads Perochem in thee tiebreak, 34 against 33.5 game points.

Five teams — AI Express, BAZFAM, PHILSPADA Team-A, Rising Phoenix and Tarrasch Knight — also remain within striking distance with two points with still three more rounds remaining in the elimination phase.

The play-in, semifinal round and championship round will be held on Aug. 26.

PCAP President-Commissioner Atty. Paul Elauria delivered the welcome remarks while PCAP Chairman Michael Angelo Chua gave the inspirational speech during the colorful opening ceremony.

Chua and PHILSPADA official James Infiesto made the ceremonial move, assisted by Atty. Elauria and Pasig Pirates coach Franco Camillo.

Four-time Asian Para Games gold medalist FM Sander Severino led the Oath of Sportsmanship, whole Chief Arbiter Ferdinand Reyes explained the rules and regulations.

Also present during the competition are Willy Estorco and Dodie Gonzalez of the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), Pro-Sports Division.

At stake in the unique tournament are trophies and cash prizes, with the champion getting the lion’s share of P50,000.

The runner-up will receive P30,000, the third placer P20,000 and the fourth placer P10,000.

Last July 16, De la Salle-College of St. Benilde made chess history by becoming the first-ever PCAP Inter-school champion.

Bannered by FM Narquingden Reyes and Jerich Cajeras, St. Benilde brought down Dasmariñas Integrated High School, 10.5-4.5, to capture the championship and the top prize of P30,000.

Standings after three rounds:

3 points — Datamatics, Philippine Army
2.5 — Buenaviel Construction, Petrochem
2 –Ai Express, Bazfam, PHILSPADA-A. Rising Phoenix, Tarrasch Knight