INTERNATIONAL master (IM) Oliver Dimakiling and arena grand master (GM) Lyndon Sombilon lifted the Davao All-Star's overall championship in the 3rd Davao All-Star vs MisOr/CDO Finest Online Goodwill Match held over the weekend via lichess.org. Davao thus won the series, 2-1.
Davao All-Star garnered a total of 362 points as against MisOr/CDO Finest's 337.
In Random Chess960, the Davao All-Star Regulars amassed 102 points while MisOr/CDO Finest accounted for 91. The Davao Executives, however, bowed to their rivals, 85-89.
The Davao Regulars then demolished MisOr/CDO Regulars, 102-69, to rule the Standard Chess but the Davao Executives succumbed anew to MisOr/CDO Finest, 73-88.
Dimakiling, who hails from Sasa in Davao City, was the top regular performer with a total of 32 points, scoring 17 in Random Chess960 and 15 in standard.
His teammates Fide master (FM) Austin Jacob Literatus and AGM Henry Roger Lopez chipped in 28 and 27 points, respectively.
John Ray Batucan (23), Aglipay Oberio (22), Arnclev (Arnel Aton) (21), Carl Zirex Sato (20), Muhammad Sacar (19), Anthony Mosqueda (14), Irwin Aton (nine), and Jason Salubre (six), and Ruel Nuttal (four) also powered the champion team.
Sombilon, a head teacher of Precious International School of Davao, topped the executives event with 26 points. Other Davao scorers were Ariel Niño Aton (21), lawyer Jong Guevarra (17), Napoleon Recososa (16), Rey De Guzman (16), Rhynan Arce (11), James Infiesto (10), Melzar Galicia (eight), Jimzon Trangia (eight), and Allan Diez (four).
Infiesto, National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) regional director and head coach of the national para chess team, said, "It was a close fight, considering na 25 points lang ang lamang sa total score (there was only a 25-point difference)."
He added, "The execs of Team CDO/MisOr came prepared and overpowered the execs of Team Davao but it was not enough to cover the losses of their regular counterparts."
It can be recalled that MisOr/CDO eked out a rousing 398-354 win over Davao All-Star in their first online clash but the latter staged a huge comeback with a 413-354 victory in their second encounter to tie the series at 1-all.