Sunday, October 21, 2012


(From left, 16-year-old Michael Velarde, defending champion Charles Aquino (partly hidden), Chris Domingo practicing with Ivan II Chess Computer with an observer, 9-year-old Georby, Chris' younger brother, and 18-year-old lone female contestant Karen Hernandez.
(Photo by Roberto Hernandez)
ONLY 4 games were completed in the 4th round of the 2004 Non-master Chess tournament held on Sunday, Feb. 01, at Paul Brothers Tri-M General Merchandise and Food Retail in Malakal.
The 5th game between Jess Toldoya and Jose Omega, who has to work at 5pm, was adjourned. Their game's position was recorded and Toldoya wrote his sealed move to be opened next Sunday for the resumption of their game.
This is the first adjourned game of the tournament. Omega has a previous adjourned game against Ivan II Chess Computer on October 17, 2003.
Toldoya is running for one of the 15 Board of Director seats in the February 08 election of The Filipino Community in Palau under the United Regional Party while Roberto Hernandez is running for auditor.
Cyril Montel, Jr. defeated Ivan II Chess Computer in 74 moves of Caro-Khan Defence. He also defeated Jimmy Valenzuela as per Valenzuela's request that if he didn't make it at 5:30 pm, he will lose by default to his scheduled opponent.
It is up to Montel, Jr. to give him a chance to replay it someday. Montel, Jr. will be helping the Commission on Election this Sunday and will be absent for the 5th round.
In other completed game, Menandro Manuel is still undefeated after scoring another win over Bong Alipoon.
Latecomer Amante Caballero played his first game against Hernandez in the latter's residence on January 29 and earned half point by drawing the game in just 25 moves of Sicilian Defence.
Caballero offered a draw on the 21st move with the position unclear. Hernandez opted to continue but gained no advantage and accepted the draw after falling to a slightly inferior position.
In the kid's division, defending champion Charles Aquino edged out 16-year-old Michael Velarde (2-1) to keep the lead while 18-year-old Karen Hernandez won over Chris Domingo in similar fashion. She lost the first game but won the last 2 to stay at 2nd spot with 2.5 points.
Their last game was a very exciting one that even the small crowd watching the game couldn't hold on to themselves when they saw a mate in 3 moves that should have ended the game.
This week's featured classic game is between Paul Morphy and Count Isouard in Paris, 1858.
While waiting for Anderssen to arrive from Breslau, Morphy the delights of Paris -- including the opera house. Druing the marriage of Figaro he entertained his hosts with this elegant brilliancy, mating on the 17th move with his last 2 pieces!
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 Not yet in the Philidor Defence! After a few forced moves, white gets a big jump in development. 4. dxc5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 6. Bc4 Nf6 seems natural, but Qe7 was necessary, as this game shows.
7. Qb3 Qe7 8. Nc3 development, not material! ... c6 9. Bg5 b5 Far too optimistic, given the congestion of the black pieces. 10. Nxb5 cxb5 11. Bxb5+ Nbd7 12. 0-0-0 Rd8 13. Rxd7 removing another defender. ... Rxd7 14. Rd1 Qe6 Air at last. But now Morphy shows how simple a mate can be. 15. Bxd7 Nxd7 16. Qb8+ Nxb8 17. Rb8 mate.
Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
Tia Belau Newspaper
Pages 13 & 15
February 6-13, 2004

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