Unheralded Arquero stuns FIDE Master Turqueza in online chess tilt

Published January 21, 2021, 2:37 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Lesser known Kevin Arquero shocked Olympiad veteran and FIDE Master Mari Joseph Turqueza on board two to lift the unheralded Cavite Spartans to a 12.5-8.5 win over the Rizal Batch Towers in the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines’ (PCAP) online All-Filipino Conference Wednesday.

Arquero bested Turqueza, 3-1, while Marc Voltaire Paraguya fought International Master Rolando Nolte, who played top board in the absence of Grandmaster Eugene Torre, to a draw in helping the Spartans nail their second straight triumph.

Earlier, Cavite routed the Quezon City Simba’s Tribe, 15.5-4.5.

The Spartan improved to 2-1 (win-loss) and bounced back from a heartbreaking defeat to the Manila Indios Bravos in a match that ended in a 10.5-all deadlock in regulation before losing in the Armageddon tiebreak.

United States-based GM Julio Catalino Sadorra and IMs John Marvin Miciano and Cris Ramayrat pace a powerhouse Manila side.

Other winners for Cavite were Clairevy Estavillo-Marisga, who blanked Enrica Villa, 3-0, on board three, and Jayson San Jose Visca, who routed Marlon Constantino, 3-0, on board six.

Meanwhile, Cagayan Kings, who were coming off a shock 11-10 win over a GM Darwin Laylo-led Pasig Pirates, were sent back to earth after succumbing to the Antipolo Cobras, 9-12.