Tandag City wins overall title in Inter-Cities Chess

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2011 05:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2011 01:10 AM

TANAUAN City -- Tandag City emerged as the overall team champion in the 2011 National Inter-Cities and Municipalities Chess Team Championship last Monday at the Tanauan Event Center (TEC).

Led by Grandmaster (GM) Richard Bitoon, Tandag City defeated Bacolod Negros/NICA, 3-1, in the finals.

The win was worth P150,000 for the Tandag City campaigners, who secured a finals berth by scraping past tough Davao City, 2.5-1.5, in the crossover semis.

The Ilonggos, who dispatched elimination topnotcher Mandaluyong City, 3-1, in the other semifinal, had to settle for second overall and went home with P90,000.

Bitoon, Fide Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Narquingen Reyes secured the crucial wins in the “Armageddon” playoff after the Ilonggos, backstopped by Fide Master Hamed Nouri, forged a 2-2 draw.

In the "Armageddon" playoff, the player handling the white pieces is given a 6-5 advantage in time but the player with the black pieces needs only a draw to win.

Bitoon, armed with the advantageous white pieces, crushed Nouri; Garcia outwitted Sander Severino while Reyes downed Raymund dela Pena.

Joel Pimentel secured the only win for Bacolod after defeating Sherwin Tiu on board three.

In the battle for third, Davao City of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, demolished Mandaluyong City of Mayor Benhur Abalos Jr., 3-1, in another Armaggedon finish to clinch third place and win P75,000. – By Marlon Bernardino