BEHIND by 16 points after the first day of action on July 25, the Davao All Stars bounced back the following day, July 26, to avenge its last month loss to Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (MisOr/CDO) Finest in their Online Chess Goodwill Rematch.
Davao All Stars demolished MisOr/CDO Finest, 413-354, to win the second online match and to tie the online chess duel series at 1-1.
National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director James Infiesto told SunStar Davao via Facebook, "What makes the victory more dramatic was in the first day when standard chess was played, the CDO execs were up by four and CDO regulars were ahead by 12 points. But in the second day Team Davao overpowered CDO as we ruled the goodwill rematch with 59 points ahead."
The Finest garnered a total of 197 points (regular 103, executive 94) while the All Stars trailed with 181 points (regular 91, executive 90) in standard play of the opener. Fide master (FM) Rustum
Tolentino/Christian Aquino (regular) and national master (NM) Levi Mercado led MisOr/CDO (executive) with identical 16 points.
However, Davao All Stars recovered in random chess event as FM Austin Jacob Literatus (20 points) along with Anthony Mosqueda (16), Aglipay Oberio (15), and Mohammad Sacar (15) led the charge in the regular category of the final day of hostilities.
NM Jonathan Tan of Panabo City, who earned 16, as well as 12-pointers Reynaldo de Guzman and Jimzon Trangia were Davao's top executive scorers in random chess.
Toril-based Literatus, who collected a handful of Uaap chess gold medals for the National University Uaap while he was a varsity scholar, said Monday, "Nibawi lang kay wala ko nag perform atong Saturday. Maayo nakabawi ko gahapon (I bounced back after not performing well last Saturday. It's good that I recovered on Sunday)." He struggled with 10 points on Saturday.
Overall, Literatus and Oberio tallied 29 points each to lead Davao regulars, while Tan and arena grand master Lyndon Sombilon made 26 and 25 points, respectively, to pace the Davao executives.
Davao City's international master (IM) Oliver Dimakiling, who finished with 21, said, "Nag relax siguro sila after leading 16 points sa first day. Shocking ang performance sa Davao both regulars and executives sa chess 960. Anad siguro ta pag karambola ang piyesa kay thrown out of the window naman ang preparation salig lang sa unsaon pag maneuver sa piyesa (MisOr/CDO may have relaxed after a 16-point lead on the first day. Davao's performance in both regulars and executives in chess 960 were shocking, maybe we are used to it more than them)."
Davao All Stars 413 -- (Regular) Literatus 29, Oberio 29, Mosqueda 28, arena grand master Henry Roger Lopez 24, Jimmy Dano 23, Dimakiling 21, Sacar 20, Carl Zirex Sato, Irwin Aton 12, and NM Alex Lupian/Ruel Nuttal; (Executive) -- Tan 26, Sombilon 25, Ariel Aton 20, Engr. Napoleon Recososa 20, Infiesto 19, Amel Aton 19, De Guzman 18, Rhynan Arce 17, Trangia 17, and Rey Urbiztondo/Alfred Moulic;
MisOr/CDO Finest 354 -- (Regular) Lennon Hart Salgados 25, Alfredo Rapanot 25, IM Richelleu Salcedo 22, Johnnel Balquin 19, Nazario Ubanan 18, Tolentino/Aquino 18, Allan Cantonjos/Romeo Canino 18, Alji Cantonjos 15, Antonio Chavez 14, Christian Arroyo 6; (Executive) Mercado 26, Jaime Joshua Frias II 25, Bryan Jose 21, Jonard Labadan/Jason Nabatlao 21, Abdul Halil Abdulah 18, Ralph Dalauta 17, Fr. Vic Arellano 13, Cleto Vasquez 13, Paul Omongos 12, and Resurrecion Gunayan 8.