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

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