Scribes top goodwill tourney
THE Chess Journalists Association of the Philippines (CJAP) pulled off an inspiring 9-6 win over the Meralco Chess Club in their goodwill match held at the Basement Canteen, Lopez Bldg., in Ortigas, Pasig City.
NM Marlon Bernardino of Bandera, Willie Abalos of Police Files and Joey Villar of Philippine Star scored similar 2-0 wins over their respective rivals to lead CJAP to a surprise win over Meralco in their eight-board friendly showdown hosted by the Meralco Corporate Communications office, headed by Joe Zaldarriaga and Cyrel Lagrimas-Garvida.
Bernardino beat June de Galicia, Abalos swept Jun Saul and Villar downed Bong Masa in the first three boards.
Elech Dawa of Remate Tonight beat Ronnie Dellota , 1.5-.5, while CJAP president Ed Andaya of People’s Tonight won over Meralco Chess Club president Rolly Sol Cruz to complete a big day for the scribes.
Johnson Maclang and Jay Dicen saved the day for Meralco by beating former Tempo sportswriter Noli Cruz and Bandera sports editor Fred Nasiad.
Edson Gonzales of Meralco subdued Orlando Primo of X Files, 1.5-.5, in another close match.
Meralco, which finished in a two-way tie for second place with Maynilad Water in the MVP Olympics held last March, played without top player Abet Casiano.
Zaldariaga and GSN-ISEEC president/CEO Grace Navea graced the one-day competition.
The event was patterned after the recent “Rising Stars vs Experience” chess team tournament held in Wijk ann, Zee, Netherlands with the country’s top player GM Wesley So as one of the participants.
It will also serve as a fitting curtainraiser to the coming Meralco ‘Chess Meeting’, a unique four-team, friendly showdown which will be participated in by the Meralco Chess Club, SSS Chess Club, DAR Chess Club and CJAP next month. Elech Dawa