THE Paralympics team continued its remarkable showing by beating Pengcheng Dragons-China, 20.5-5, and Olongapo Rainbow, 11.5-9.5, to share the lead in the 2021 PCAP San Miguel Corporation-Ayala Land chess championships over the weekend.
Reigning IPCA world champion Sander Severino, NM Arman Subaste, WNM Jerlyn Mae San Diego, NM Rodolfo Sarmiento, FM Roel Abelgas, NM Henry Lopez and NM Menandro Redor carried the fight as the Paralympians rolled to their fourth straight win.
Only Li Xueyiyi managed a draw with San Diego in their blitz game on the female board and prevented a shutout for the Shenzhen-based Chinese club.
San Diego and Abelgas also led Paralympics against Olongapo with a sweep over Angel Orijuela and Anton Rivera on boards three and seven, respectively.
The James Infiesto-mentored Paralympics team opened its campaign with 14-7 victory over Davao and 12.5-8.5 win over Double Bishop Bangkok-Thailand last Oct. 6.
Singapore matched Paralympics’ perfect 4-0 start with 17-4 triumph over Olongapo and 12-9 win over Rizal Towers.
Veteran Jimmy Lim swept NM Elias Lao, 3-0, and Xusn Tui zpoh crushed Marlon Constantino, 3-0, to power the Singaporeans.
NM Noel dela Cruz ambushed seven-time Singapore champion GM Goh Wei Ming, 2.5-.5, to lead the Ed Madrid-owned Rizal.
Nima Javanbakht, Gong Qianyun and Liew led Singapore’s 5-2 blitz and 12-2 rapid victory over Olongapo.
Penang Blue Panthers-Malaysia overpowered Rizal, 14-7, and Caloocan Load Manna Knights, 11-10, while Iloilo Kisela Knights humbled Davao Eagles, 18-3, ang Bangkok, 17.5-3.5, to stay within striking distance with 3-1 records.
Penang struck on victories by FM Wong Yinn Long over IM Paolo Bersamina (2-1) and WCM Chua Jia-Tien over Arvie Lozano (3-0) to pull the rug from under Caloocan.
Jia-Tien also went 3-0 against Kelly Ann David in the female board in Penang’s victory over Rizal.
GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. , Karl Victor Ochoa, Cherry Ann Mejia and Cesar Mariano led Iloilo’s dominant wins over Davao and Bangkok.
Kazan Universiade veteran Mary Palero-Segarra provided one of Davao’s three points when she drew with Mejia in rapid.
Pisut Prayoonthamrongthiti surprised John Michael Silvederio, 2-1, and NM Rolly Parondo, Jr. held Ochoa to 1.5-1.5 draw for Bangkok’s finest moments.
In fifth to sixth places were Camarines Eagles and Negros Kingsmen with 2-2 record.
Camarines won over Isabela Knight Raiders, 15-6, but lost to Manila Indios Bravos, 9-12, while Negros triumphed over Pampanga, 12.5-8.5, and Davao, 11-10.
Sunrays leaned on 3-0 victories by Juan Carlo Rivera over Rao Enrui on board two and Adrian Pacis over Chen Bing on board four to beat Pengcheng and barge into win column.
PCAP, the country’s first professional chess league, is organized by Atty. Paul Elauria as president-commissioner, and Michael Angelo Chua as chairman.
The season-ending third conference is sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra.