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Laguna chessers stay red-hot as Barcenilla, Shevchenko win


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MANILA, Philippines---Filipino Grandmaster Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla Jr. and import Ukranian Grandmaster Kirill Shevchenko powered the defending champion Laguna Heroes to a 13.5-7.5 victory over a International Master Paulo Bersamina-led Caloocan Loadmanna Knights in a battle of Northern division heavyweights in the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) dubbed as Grandmaster Wesley So Cup Saturday, May 29, 2021 online tournament at the chess.com.

The Arizona, US based Barcenilla, a two-time (1989 and 1990) Asian Juniors champion in India and Dubai and 1991 Bronze medalist in World Juniors championship in Romania, beat fellow Olympiad veteran Bersamina after 46 moves of Italian Game, Two Knights Open variation rapid showdown in their top board encounter.

For Shevchenko, on his part, earned his international master title in 2016 and his grandmaster title in 2017 at the age of 14 years 10 months, defeated International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia after 37 moves of Spanish Opening in board two.

“GM (Rogelio) Barcenilla and our import GM (Kirill) Shevchenko played very well and won the match,” said Arena Grandmaster Dr. Alfredo “Fred” Paez, one of the four co-team owner of the Laguna Heroes that include Mr. David Nithyananthan of KALARO, Engr. Benjamin Dy of SDC Global Choice and Engr. Jonathan Mamaril of Oregon, USA.

Also delivering for the Laguna backed up by Greatech Philippines, Inc., SDC Global Choice, Jolly Smile Dental Clinic, KALARO and Rotary Club of Nuvali were Woman National Master Jean Karen Enriquez and Grandmaster John Paul Gomez.

Enriquez toppled Woman National Master Arvie Lozano in board three while Gomez subdued Rosauro "Juancho" Caunti in board five.

Fide Master Jose Efren Bagamasbad, meantime split the point with import Malaysian International Master Jimmy Liew in board four and Kimuel Aaron Lorenzo settled a truce with International Master Barlo Nadera in board 7.

Fide Master Nelson Villanueva carried the good fight for Atty. Arnel Batungbakal Caloocan Loadmanna Knights chess team by beating Vince Angelo Medina in board 6.

It was a tie in the Blitz category where both squads only scored 3.5 each but the Heroes only dropped one and drew two boards and emerged victorious with a clutch play in the remaining four boards during the Rapid category.

With the win, Laguna jumped fourth to fifth alongside Caloocan with a 6-3 slate.

Before the Caloocan showdown, the Heroes faced the Olongapo Rainbow Team 7 and was a lopsided victory with Laguna prevailing 18.5-2.5.

Matches are played in one blitz and one rapid formats composed of seven boards each.

Based on the scoring system, a win in rapid chess is worth two points, a draw is one point and a loss is zero. Blitz chess result gives one point for a win, half point for a draw and zero for a loss.

The tournament is 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., organized by PCAP Chairman Michael Angelo Ong Chua, Vice-Chairman Ariel Potot, Founding President/Commisioner Atty. Paul Elauria and Treasurer Atty. Arnel Batungbakal.-Marlon Bernardino-


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