Mindoro sweeps Cordova in rescheduled 'Armageddon'

Mindoro sweeps Cordova in rescheduled 'Armageddon'

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Mindoro clamped down Cordova in the rescheduled Armageddon to clinch their PCAP All-Filipino Cup showdown on Friday night.

A week after battling to a 10.5-all tie in regulation, the Tamaraws swept the Dagami Warriors in the tiebreaker rounds to go up to 4-3.

FIDE Master David Elorta displayed some endgame brilliance to even come close to mating National Master Edsel Montoya in their Board 1 clash, forcing the latter to resign before the former pull off the checkmate.

Mindoro homegrown Ronald Berdera then edged Women's International Master Bernadette Galas.

Sherwin Tiu, on the other hand, forced NM Allan Pason to a draw in their own battle, but Tiu won the Armageddon tiebreaker due to him playing black, eventually giving the Tamaraws the 3-0 wipeout.

The Dagami Warriors, however, bounced back after formally clinching their own series against the Zamboanga Sultans.

Dione Minoza's win against NM Zulfikar Sali in one of the two matches ordered to be replayed sealed the deal for Cordova even if Francis Rivera lost to Jezreel Lopez to finally take the 11.5-9.5 victory.

The Warriors tied the Tamaraws for fourth place in the Southern Conference at 4-3.

Meanwhile, Rizal blasted General Trias in the replay of their three rapid matches to formalize its 13-8 win.

IM Rolando Nolte, NM Robert Arellano, and Marlon Constantino edged Marc Paraguya, Jayson Visca, and Israel Landicho, respectively, in the rapids even as Nolte went back to back against Paraguya by also winning their blitz match.

Visca and Landicho won over Arellano and Constantino, respectively, in their own blitz clashes, but the Towers' rapid wins actually broke a 6-all tie before unforeseen circumstances forced the rescheduling of the three two-game series.

Rizal is now in a three-way tie with Laguna and Manila for third place in the Northern Conference at 5-2, while General Trias fell to a long logjam with Antipolo, Olongapo, and Quezon City for seventh place at 2-5.

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