Bong Alipoon, left, receives his trophy of another 5th place finish in Palau chess tournament from Roberto Hernandez, the Chairman of Knights and Rooks Chess Club (Palau). (Photo by Roberto Hernandez -- Taken by Tutii Joe Chilton)
Bong is the only player who dealt eventual champion Eddie Grefiel the latter's only loss in the 2002 All-Filipino chess tilt. He finished 5th in that tourney and won a trophy for Senior Best Scorer.
At the 2002 Open Chess tournament, he again defeated Grefiel and finished 5th again with 20 wins, 6 losses and one draw. He received another trophy and $10.00 cash prize.
And at recently concluded 2003 Open chess tilt, he tied for 5th again after beating Grefiel for the 3rd time.
He is really a consistent player and he never sits while playing. He is 44 years old and the 4th seed in the upcoming Age Group chess tilt.
This week's featured opening is the Modern Benoni Defence: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. exd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bf4 Be7
Solution to last week's puzzle: 1. Nf5+ Kd2 2. Rd1+ Kc2 3. Ne3 mate.
When solving chess puzzles, try not to touch the pieces. Solve it like you're playing a tournament game. That will help you improve your play.
Source: Chess Mate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
May 23-30, 2003