WNM Enriquez stars as Laguna beat Toledo in PCAP chess league
By Marlon Bernardino
Thu, 25 Feb 2021
WOMAN National Master Jean Karen Enriquez came up with a huge win with black, checkmated Jinky Catulay in 73 moves of Scandinavian Defense on board 3 to lead the Laguna Heroes to a 18-3 victory over the Toledo City Trojans in the All Filipino Conference Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 on online tournament at the lichess platform.
‘I’m very happy with my game," said WNM Enriquez, former top player of Jose Rizal University chess team.
"I think WNM Jean Karen Enriquez showed a good quality of chess today," said Philippine Executive Chess Association (PECA) president Dr. Alfredo "Fred" Paez, one of the four co-team owners of the Laguna Heroes that include Engineer Benjamin Dy, Engineer Jonathan Mamaril and Mr. David Nithyananthan.
Arizona, US based two-time Asian Junior Champion Grandmaster Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla Jr., played black and also scored a win, checkmated Ronald Ganzon on board one, Fide Master Jose Efren Bagamasbad trounced National Master Carlos Cabuenos on board four, Vince Angelo Medina defeated Richard Natividad on board six and Kimuel Aaron Lorenzo nipped Christopher Tubalado on board 7 to win the rapid section, 12-2, victory was sealed.
Fide Master Austin Jacob Literatus, meantime halved the point with National Master Rogelio Enriquez Jr. on board two while Grandmaster Joh Paul Gomez settled for a truce with National Master Rommel Ganzon on board five.
The Laguna Heroes backed up by Greatech Philippines, Inc., SDC Global Choice and Jolly Smile Dental Clinic is also prevailed in the blitz portion, 6-1, against the Toledo City Trojans.
Earlier, the Laguna Heroes dismantled Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates, 15-6.
With back-to-back victories, Laguna moved into a two-way tie for the lead with San Juan with 18-3 win-loss record in the Northern Division while Toledo City dropped to 12-8 in the Southern Division.
The Laguna Heroes look to another great performance Saturday night (February 27, 2021) when they face Zamboanga Sultans and Camarines Soaring Eagle.
The 24-team pro chess tournament is organized by PCAP, headed by President-Commissioner Atty. Paul Elauria; Chairman Michael Angelo Chua; and treasurer Atty Arnel Batungbakal.
The games are sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra and supported by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Rep. Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr.-Marlon Bernardino-
(Team Standings/ Note: * with pending games)
San Juan 18-3
Caloocan * 17-3
Antipolo * 9-11
Toledo * 12-8
Iriga * 13-7
Palawan * 2-18
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