RONALD Canino made 15 points in regular board standard play to lead Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro team capture the title of the first Davao All Stars Vs MisOr/CDO Chess Goodwill Match held over the weekend via lichess.org.
It was the sixth goodwill duel between two teams. The past five years were face to face encounters.
MisOr/CDO garnered a total of 398 points over Davao All Stars' 354 in the two-day chess competition that also featured Random Chess960 battle on the first day held Saturday, June 27. Standard chess was played on June 28, Sunday.
Panabo City's arena grand master (AGM) Henry Roger Lopez, an Asian Para Games gold medalist tallied 14 while Davao City's Junmark Baldesimo and international master (IM) Oliver Dimakiling added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Davao All Stars. The three grabbed the next four spots in the standard regular board's individual ranking.
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director James Infiesto, who played for Davao All Stars in the executives event, said, "In the match of the regular boards, it was evenly fought with Davao advantage of six points but in the executive, CDO prevailed with 50 points ahead."
Misor/CDO bets national master (NM) Levi Mercado and Jason Nabatlao scored identical 16 points to grab the first two spots in executive standard event, while Panabo's NM Jonathan Tan of Davao All Stars placed third with 14.
In Random Chess960, MisOr/CDO managed a four-point advantage over Davao All Stars, 192-188, but Dabawenyo Dimakiling topped the event with 17 points.
Infiesto noted, "Four points is almost negligible in the arena battle of 10 players per division with time duration of 90 mins and time control of 3 mins + 2 increment." Yet, MisOr/CDO chessers only widened their lead.
Davao All Stars' top three regular board performers were Dimakiling (29 points), Henry Lopez (26) and Baldesimo (26).
AGM Lyndon Sombilon (29), Tan (27) and lawyer Jong Guevarra (21) led Davao All Stars executives team.
Guevarra, in a separate Facebook Messenger interview, said, "It's a different kind of experience kasi online ang laro board lang ang nakikita mo but all players ay naka-enter sa Zoom at least nakikita pa rin sa screen ang mukha ng mga players. Malakas ang line-up ng CDO sa Executives doon talaga sila nag-score. Sa regular players pantay-pantay lang."
The next online goodwill tournament between the two teams will resume next month and will be hosted by MisOr/CDO.