Madrid, Carrascal and Tandag towns in Surigao Sur led by veteran chess players swept their first round assignments to share the lead with PNP Quezon City, Panabo City, Calamba City, Laguna, Misamis Oriental and host Davao City team A led by Super Grandmaster Mark Paragua.
International Master Barlo Nadera towed Madrid over Metro Toril Chess Association, 4 – 0 while Carrascal powered by National Master Emmanuel Senador trounced Tacloban EVSU in the same fashion.
Tandag with International Master Richard Bitoon and FIDE Master Anthony Makinano wiped out Tagum City.
Cantilan led by International Master Yves Ranola and National Master Alex Milagrosa beat Sta Rosa, 3.5 -.5.
Lanuza town with National Masters Ric Portogalera and Efren Bagamasbad a 2-2 draw by defending champion Tagaytay City led by Grandmaster Rogelio Antonio, Jr. and International Master Jayson Gonzales.
Host Davao City team B bannered with un-titled players a 2-2 standoff with powerhouse Alabang, Muntinlupa led by International Master Oliver Dimakiling
However, Muntinglupa Team A with the 22 years old Paragua playing in board 1 swept Holy Cross of Davao College men’s team while Panabo City led by National Master Cedric Magno wiped out Digos City.
PNP-Quezon City bested BSC-Malaybalay City while Misamis Oriental defeated the Happy LA Kids boys’ team of Davao City.