Toledo City woodpushers climb back to 4th in PCAP online chess tourney
CEBU CITY, Philippines— The Toledo City Trojans recaptured fourth place in the south division rankings after winning all their matches of the ongoing elimination round of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) All-Filipino Conference online tournament on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
The Trojans lost the fourth spot momentarily to the Zamboanga Sultans after splitting their games with 1-1 (win-loss) in last week’s virtual wood pushing action.
However, they managed to take back their position by winning all their two scheduled games last Saturday. They first beat fellow Cebu-based team, the Cordova Dutchess Dagami Warriors, 12-9, in the first match. They proceeded to dominate the Iriga City Oragons, 19-2, in the second game.
Behind the Trojans’ impressive run are its wood pushers comprised of International Master (IM) Rico Mascariñas, Glicerio Pardillo Jr., Jinky Catulay, Bonn Rainauld Tibod, Christopher Tubalado, Rommel Ganzon, Ronald Ganzon, Rogelio Enriquez Jr, Jean Jean Gacang, and Richard Natividad.
The Trojans must win all their matches on Wednesday, March 18, 2021, to tighten their grip on the fourth spot. The Trojans and the Sultans both have 18 wins and 13 losses, with the former leading narrowly behind the latter with 1.5 points. The Trojans have accumulated points of 341 while the Sultans have 339.5 points.
The Trojans will face Mindoro Tamaraws and the Palawan Queen’s Gambit in the first and second matches, respectively, on Wednesday’s action.
Meanwhile, the Dagami Warriors recovered from their loss over the Trojans by winning against Cebu City Marchers,12.5-8.5, in the second match. They are now placed at eighth with an 11-20 (win-loss) card. The Marchers and the Lapu-Lapu City Naki Warriors did not win any of their scheduled games last Saturday.
The Marchers, who are at the 10th spot, is on the brink of elimination as only the top eight teams in both the south and north divisions will advance to the playoffs. They have a dismal 6-25 (win-loss) record while the Naki Warriors is at sixth place with 14-17 card.
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