Saturday, October 27, 2012


Ksau Anthony Whipps practices with cousin Zachary Techall Whipps on October 14, 2012. The entry of Techall become official when Manuel 'Jun' Mahor confirmed his participation in the Class B of 2012 PNCC. Another lady was added to the field of 18 players-- Mary Frances Lopez.
(Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

            GAME OF THE WEEK:
            CELIZ VS. MANUEL

THERE are only 3 games played in the 2nd week action of 2012 Palau National Chess Championship but the match between 7th seed Jose Celiz and 2ndMenandro Manuel was one for the ages as they battled it out till the last 2 minutes of their game that lasted almost 4 hours.

In their Queen’s Gambit Declined encounter, Celiz missed a forced exchange of queens and the recovery of the go-ahead pawn of Menandro. A positional maneuvering ensued with Manuel’s king travelling 5 squares. With a little over 2 minutes left in each of their clock, Manuel was able to penetrate his queen with a check followed by a well-posted knight check that is ripe for a wonderful smothered mate.

Roberto Hernandez and Paquito Suringa, Jr. are watching their game. Manuel missed the clean smothered mate on the 50th move of Nh3++ instead of the actual 50. … Nd3+, Hernandez showed him the most spectacular ending by sacrificing his queen without material consideration with 51. … Qg1+. If Celiz will capture with either rook or knight, the smothered mate of the knight on f2 is inevitable.

THE MOVES: Jose Celiz (White) vs. Menandro Manuel (Black) 1. D4 d5 2. C4 Nc6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Bf4 Nd7 5. C5 Nh5 6. Bd2 e5 7. E3 Nf6 8. F3 Be7 9. Bd3 b6 10. B4 Qc7 11. Ne2 h5 12. 0-0 Nf8 13. Qc2 Ne6 14. A4 Bd7 15. Ng3 exd4 16. Ne2 bxc5 17. Exd4 c4 18. Bf5 Bd6 19. Re1 h4 20. Nf1 Rb8 21. Rab1 Kf8 22. Rb2 Rg8 23. Rb1 g6 24. Bh3 g5 25. Bf5 g4 26. Bh6+ Ke7 27. Bxe6 Bxe6 28. F4 Ne4 29. Ne3 f6 30. Nxc4 Rg6 31. Nxd6 Qxd6 32. F5 Rxh6 33. Fxe6 Qxe6 34. B5 f5 35. Rc1 Rb6 36. Qb3 Qd6 37. Rxc6 Rxc6 38. bxc6 Qxc6 39. Re2 Qd7 40. Qb8 Rc6 41. Qe5+ Kd8 42. Qh8+ Kc7 43. … to be continued next issue.

Latest results of Sunday’s games:

Angie Parrado defeated Freddie Gloria in 30 moves of King’s Pawn Opening; Candidate Master Bernardo Garcia played his first game after gaining his CM title against Jojo Escapatoria and prevailed in 38 moves of English Opening.

Nilo de Jesus was asked to come in case American lawyer Scott Hess become very busy and can’t play 17 games in 6 weeks. He played an official game vs. Dennis Gonzales and prevailed in 42 moves of another King’s Pawn Opening; Dennis bounced back from defeat and dealt Angie her first loss with a 62 moves conquest of a Ruy Lopez Opening.

Neophyte 9-year-old Zachary Techall Whipps played his first tournament game and lost to 6-year-old Destiny Sisior, who gained her 2nd win and still undefeated until she lost to Ksau Anthony Whipps, who earlier clobbered Destiny’s 9-year-old sister Angelil in 28 moves of Bishop Opening.

Techall lost to Angelil in just 5 moves of another Bishop Opening.

Jeff Balbalosa nipped Luciano ‘Bong’ Sibayan in 56 moves of another Ruy Lopez.

2nd seed Menandro Manuel was not aware that the time control is only 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment and lost to Tito Cabunagan by time forfeit. Tito still has 37 minutes left in his clock. The time forfeit was noticed after they have made 62 moves already of their Sicilian Defence game.

Roberto Hernandez took the measure of Palau’s top chess player Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr. in 48 moves of Danish Gambit where Hernandez had a whole rook advantage going into the endgame.

Paquito Suringa, Jr. and Escapatoria are still playing at press time as well as the top 2 seeds (Manuel vs. Montel, Jr.).

Jeff Martin visited the tournament venue and would like to be a member of Palau Chess Federation and to join also but the limited number of rated players prevented him to join outright. If there will be a withdrawal from the unrated players, then he could be accommodated.

Elpidio Manaligod called Hernandez and he would like to come in the evening to play his first game. After the regular games are finished, a blitz contest is planned between available players.

Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
              Pages 13 & 15
             Volume 21
             Issue 75
             October 22, 2012

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