Laguna Heroes outduels Quezon City Simba's Tribe, 20-1, moved to overall top notcher at the end of the PCAP eliminations on Saturday, March 20 at chess.com.
The Heroes showed a collective effort in the rapid game with 2-time Asian Junior Champion Grandmaster Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla Jr., Fide Master Austin Jacob Literatus, Woman National Master Jean Karen Enriquez, Fide Master Jose Efren Bagamasbad, Grandmaster John Paul Gomez, Vince Angelo Medina and Kimuel Aaron Lorenzo posting wins.
National Master Carlos Edgardo Garma and Benjamin Lising settling for a draw in the blitz game against FM Literatus and GM Gomez, respectively, to prevent a possible shut-out loss for the Simba's Tribe.
"Our last match in the elimination round was still filled with tensions. It was truly important for the final ranking before the playoffs. I admire the decisiveness of the Laguna Heroes for scoring 20-1 against Quezon City. We are indeed lucky for being on top after 34 rounds." said Arena Grandmaster Dr. Alfredo "Fred" Paez, one of the four co-team owner of the Laguna Heroes that includes engr. Benjamin Dy, engr. Jonathan Mamaril and Mr. David Nithyananthan.
Backed up by Greatech Philippines, Inc., SDC Global Choice, Jolly Smile Dental Clinic and Rotary Club of Nuvali, Laguna easily blasted Quezon City in blitz (6-1) and rapid (14-0).
The Laguna team which cruised to a 30-4 win loss card, the same output of San Juan and Iloilo.
However, Laguna took overall top notcher with 509 points besting San Juan's 503.5 points and Iloilo's 508 points.
Playoffs start on Wednesday, March 24.
Laguna opposite Antipolo, Manila versus Rizal, San Juan will meet Pasig while Caloocan will face Cavite in the Northern Division.
Iloilo, meantime will square off with Cordova, Zamboanga versus Toledo, Camarines will traded their skills against Mindoro while Negros test the mettle of Lapu-Lapu.
Photo shows Arena Grandmaster Dr. Alfredo "Fred" Paez, one of the four co-team owner of the Laguna Heroes that includes engr. Benjamin Dy, engr. Jonathan Mamaril and Mr. David Nithyananthan.
Northern Conference (after 34 rounds of elimination round)
Laguna 30-4 win-loss (total points 509) Quarterfinalist
San Juan 30-4 win-loss (total points 503.5) Quarterfinalist
Caloocan 29-5 win-loss (total points 461.5) Quarterfinalist
Manila 23-11 win-loss (total points 418.5) Quarterfinalist
Rizal 23-11 win-loss (total points 384.5) Quarterfinalist
Cavite 18-16 win-loss (total points 363.5) Quarterfinalist
Pasig 17-17 win-loss (total points 372) Quarterfinalist
Antipolo 13-21 win-loss (total points 303) Quarterfinalist
Isabela 10-24 win-loss (total points 266.5)
Olongapo 12-22 win-loss (total points 289)
Cagayan 5-29 win-loss (total points 235)
Quezon 4-30 win-loss (total points 247)
Southern Conference (after 34 rounds of elimination round)
Iloilo 30-4 win-loss (total points 508) Quarterfinalist
Camarines 29-5 win-loss (total points 470) Quarterfinalist
Negros 28-6 win-loss (total points 472) Quarterfinalist
Zamboanga 21-13 win-loss (total points 384) Quarterfinalist
Toledo 20-14 win-loss (total points 374.5) Quarterfinalist
Lapu-Lapu 15-19 win-loss (total points 333) Quarterfinalist
Mindoro 13-21 win-loss (total points 318.5) Quarterfinalist
Cordova 12-22 win-loss (total points 311.5) Quarterfinalist
Surigao 8-26 win-loss (total points 265.5)
Cebu 9-25 win-loss (total points 273.5)
Palawan 5-29 win-loss (total points 283.5)
Iriga 4-30 win-loss (total points 218.5)