Davao, Surigao get opening day wins in PCAP Season 2
Davao, Surigao get opening day wins in PCAP Season 2
DAVAO CITY---Mindanaoan teams Davao City Eagles and Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates won their matches in the opening week of the 2022 Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) season 2 tournament on May 21.

The Eagles demolished Tacloban 20-1.

The Checkmates for its part beat fellow Mindanaoan team Cagayan de Oro 15.5 to 5.5.

Checkmates playing owner Arena Grand Master Rey Urbiztondo is confident his team will perform well this year against the other top team in PCAP, which is already in its second year.

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) recently bestowed an honorary National Master title to Urbiztondo for actively promoting chess in Mindanao.

The award recognizes individuals whose advocacy promotes chess in their respective regions by their active involvement in supporting several chess programs and activities through sponsorship and donation, which somehow help the aspiration of Filipino players, especially the youth. likewise, in general, the whole Philippine Chess Community," NCFP said on its official Facebook page.

Urbiztondo is happy and proud to be given the honorary NM ranking.

As the owner of the Checkmates, Urbiztondo is giving a form of livelihood to some chess players in Mindanao in the PCAP tournaments.

Aside fom Urbiztondo, the team is managed by Engr. Dodjie Morales and sponsored by Congressman Robert Ace Barbers.

PCAP is the first professional chess league in the Philippines wherein the players are provided with salary and incentives from the team they are playing, just like in other professional sports like the PBA.

Urbiztondo is also busy organizing chess tournaments to allow Mindanao players to participate and earn if they win. (Romeo Braceros Jr.)

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