THE Davao All-Stars' revenge-seeking effort may yet fall in vain again.
This, after the Cagayan de Oro's finest struck hard on Saturday's first round in online rematch of their 7th Goodwill Chess Match via lichess.org site.
"We really have to win this match. We have strong roster this time around capable of bouncing back," executive player Engr. Allan Diez earlier told Davao sports scribe Jon Develos.
But the regular boards of Oro's finest, powered by newly-minted Fide Master Rustum Tolentino who skipped the first online tussle, played "fire on board" and torched Davao side for a commanding double-digit lead.
" I'm not sure sa exact figure kay wala pa nigawas ang official tally, but we're leading by as much as 16 points after the first round," said Johnnel Balquin, one of Cagayan de Oro's consistent regular board players.
CdeO roasted Davao behind the executive's rampage in their online debut match-up on 20 boards, a month ago.
The second round is still in progress Sunday, July 26 with Davao hoping for a miracle shot off comeback trail.
Davao's Diez is joined by NM Jonathan Tan, AGM Lyndon Sombilon, Rhynan Arce, Ariel Nino Aton, Jimzon Trangia, Reynaldo de Guzman, Engr. Napoleon Recososa, Arnel Nino Aton and NCDA Board Member IA/FT James Infiesto for the executives.
IM Oliver Dimakiling banners Davao's regular boards in the company of FM Austin Jacob Literatus, AGM Henry Roger Lopez, NM Alexander Lupian, Engr. Aglipay Oberio, Anthony Mosqueda, Irwin Aton, Jimmy Dano, Carl Zirez Sato and Mohammad Sacar.
MisOr/Cagayan de Oro is made up of executives NM Levi Mercado, Jaime Friaz II, Ralph Greval Dalauta, Cleto Vasques, Bryan Jose, Jason Nabatlao, Resurrecion Gunayan, Halil Abdulah, Abdul, Vic Arellano and Paul Omongos and regular enforcers FM Tolentino,
IM Richelleu Salcedo III, Lenon Hart Salgados, Johnnel Balquin, Christian Arroyo, Antonio Chavez, Alfredo Rapanot, Nazario Ubanan, Allan Cantojos, Alji Cantojos and Christian Aquino.