Elegant Houses in Pampanga, NICA Team Ilonggo, Pacman Team A, 12 points; Novelty Chess Club – Bulacan,Tagaytay City, Novelty Chess Club-QC, 11; SLVP Chess Team, GenSan Omicrons, Pacman Negros Slasher 10; Guevarra Law Defenders, Tagaytay City Chess Club, Babablacksheep, Property Expert Realty-A, BATT, Bobby Pacquiao C, Elman Team A 9; Team Larry Dumadag, Novelty School of Quezon City, Property Expert Realty-B, Pangasinan Chess League, TARAKA Chess Team – Lanao Sur, Cotabato Province, Dimachintucan Team, Aton Brothers, Roel Pacquiao Team. Gold Crest MArketing Corp, 8.
ELEGANT Houses in Pampanga saved its best for last, as it blanked top seed Bobby Pacquiao C, 4-0, in the 7th and final round to bring its total to 12 points and pocket the team championship late Tuesday in the Bobby D. Pacquiao Random Chess Festival 2016 at the Trade Hall of the SM Mall here.
In the highly-anticipated match-up between two of the country’s top grandmasters, the black-playing GM Darwin Laylo outplayed GM Jayson Gonzales in Board 1, while his teammates Edsel Montoya, Norman Longias and Gerry Milan followed suit with victories over Alfredo Rapanot, Kevin Mirano and Elnathan Emilio respectively, to complete the team’s fightback in the last two rounds.
Laylo’s squad actually ended tied with Team NICA Ilonggo and Pacman Team A at 12, but won the title via a superior tiebreak.
Team NICA Ilonggo edged GenSan Omicrons, 2.5-1.5, while 13th seed Pacman Team A toppled no. 3 and erstwhile solo leader Novelty Chess Club-Bulacan, 2.5-1.5 to likewise bring their total to 12.
But as per tournament rules, the top three teams split the combined first to third place prizes of P960,000 and took home P330,000 each.
Novelty Chess Club-Bulacan dropped into a tie for fourth to sixth places with Tagaytay City and Novelty Chess Club-Quezon with 11 points apiece, while SLVP Chess Team, GenSan Omicrons and Pacman Negros Slasher ended up seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, with 10 points each.
GM Laylo also emerged as the top Board 1 player based on performance ratings (6.5 points) followed by Ellan Asuela of NICA Team Ilonggo (7) in Board 2 and Kelly Rancap (7) and Louie Salvador (6.5) both of Novelty Chess-Bulacan in Board 3 and 4, respectively.
Laylo won an additional P6,000, while Asuela, Rancap and Salvador win P5,000, P4,000 and P3,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, Grandmaster Joey Antonio and International Masters Oliver Dimakiling, Ronald Dableo, Rolando Nolte and Haridas Pascua easily won their first two games to take the early lead after two rounds together with several other bidders in the random rapid (20 minutes) individual event.