Trojans, Wizards take on new set of foes in PCAP online chess
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Toledo City Trojans and Cebu City Wizards continue their grueling campaign in the All-Filipino Conference of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) by taking on new set of opponents tomorrow, Saturday, February 26.
The Trojans who dropped from fourth place to sixth in the southern division standings will face the No. 10 ranked Cavite Spartans in the first match.
The Trojans split their matches last Wednesday with a win and a loss which translates to an 11-8 (win-loss) record while the Spartans has a record of 5-14 (win-loss) card at 10th place in the northern division standings.
After facing the Spartans, Toledo City proceeds in going up against the Cagayan Kings in the second match. The Kings are currently ranked No. 5 in the northern division with an identical win-loss record as the Trojans.
The Trojans will rely on their top chess player International Master (IM) Rico Mascariñas who is currently ranked No. 9 in the Top 25 Players of the tournament. He has 26 wins, seven losses, and five draws in this conference.
Joining him are National Masters (NM) Rogelio Enriquez Jr. and Merben Roque. The rest of the Trojans’ trusted woodpushers are Rainauld Bonn Tibod, Rommel and Ronald Ganzon, Richard Natividad, and Jinky Catulay.
Meanwhile, the new-look Cebu City Wizards will play against Mindoro Tamaraws in the first match and the Manila Indios in the second match.
The Wizards, formerly, RCM Cebu is currently ranked 10th in the south division standings with 4-15 (win-loss) card.
However, the team’s had a recent overhaul in its roster which now features veteran woodpushers headed by team captain Mark Mangubat. The rest of the team is comprised of Tony Cabibil, Mario Mangubat, Crystal Jumao-as, Joel Pacuribot, Reynaldo Flores, Odilon Badilles, Joe Fernandez, Delphine Yano, Francis Rivera, and Ariel Joseph Abellana.
The Wizards have a good chance of improving their rank in the standings given that Mindoro is the bottom-ranked team in the northern division. Both Cebu City and Mindoro have identical records.
Meanwhile, the Indios (8-11) are ranked No. 7 in the northern division.
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