Five squads including Team Paralympic remained undefeated after five matches in the second round of the online Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) third conference.
Team Paralympic clobbered Rizal, 13.5-7.5, to extend its winning streak and take the solo lead in the Southern Division, while San Juan, Pasig, Laguna and Manila bested their foes for a share of the top spot in the Northern Division.
The San Juan Predators crushed the Palawan Queen’s Gambit, 19-2; the Laguna Heroes thumped the Toledo City Trojans, 17-4; the Pasig City King Pirates routed the Camarines Soaring Eagle, 15-6; and the Manila Indios Bravos blasted the Mindoro Tamaraws, 17-4.
Grandmaster Banjo Barcenilla bannered Laguna with blitz and rapid victories over Rommel Ganzon on Board 1, while also getting reinforcements from Woman National Master Jean Karen Enriquez, GM John Paul Gomez and Vince Angelo Medina.
Enriquez, Gomez and Medina also outplayed their respective rivals in both blitz and rapid.
GM Oliver Barbosa and International Master Rolando Nolte, meanwhile, steered San Juan as they dominated the blitz, 7-0, and rapid, 12-2, matches.
San Juan’s only loss came at the expense of Woman International Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda, who bowed to WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego in their rapid duel.
Sherily Cua, Kevin Arquero and Eric Labog Jr, for their part, led Pasig with 5-2 and 10-4 victories in the blitz and rapid events, even as IMs Ronald Dableo and John Marvin Miciano spearheaded Manila against Mindoro.
Caloocan trailed the four Northern Division leaders with a 4-1 mark, followed by Isabela (3-2), Olongapo (2-3), Pampanga (2-3), Rizal (1-4), Davao (1-4), Bangkok (1-4) and Pengcheng (0-5).
At second behind Team Paralympic in the Southern Division where Iloilo (4-1), SingQGApore (4-1) and Penang (4-1), followed by Negros (3-2), Camarines (2-3), Lapu-Lapu (2-3), Sunrays (1-4), Mindoro 1-4), Surigao (0-5), Toledo (0-5) and Palawan (0-5).