Wednesday, October 31, 2012


The first round of the 2012 PNCC had featured the biggest age differential between 2 participants -- 65-year-old Paz Ngiratechekii and 6-year-old Destiny Sisior, who prevailed this time unlike in 2003 Open where 58-year-old Ben Ramos won over 8-year-old Dmitri Kyle Villanueva. Watching the game are Roberto Hernandez, his wife Flor and Jeff Balbalosa. (Photo by Roberto Hernandez)

              NILO DE JESUS IS BACK!

THE LAST chess tournament that Nilo de Jesus had participated was the 2004 Non-Master Chess tournament where he was one of the major sponsors -- $50.00 cash prizes for the top 3 finishers in the junior division (18 years and below) and donated 3 long tables so that players will have spaces while playing.

He worked to other country for 7 years and now he’s back in Palau and now managing an auto repair shop in Meyuns, where the former GF auto shop is located.

He asked Roberto Hernandez if he can still join the ongoing 2012 Palau National Chess Championship’s 1650 and below category. The field had 18 players already in this single round-robin event.

Hernandez estimated that American lawyer Scott Hess can’t play 17 games in 6 weeks if he will not make it on Saturday or Sunday to play at least 2 games through the weekends.

Nilo then was pitted against Dennis Gonzales and won in 42 moves. Hernandez gave a note to Scott on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and asked him if he can play 17 games in 6 weeks. It was confirmed on Thursday morning that he couldn’t do it and just wishes good luck to all players.

He will join in the next year’s tournament in February, where a separate division for kids 15 years and below was suggested by Palau’s top woman player Angie Parrado.


Menandro Manuel took advantage of Cyril Tomas Montel, Jr.’s blunder and won in 22 moves of Giocco Piano.

Elpidio Manaligod played his first game vs. James dela Cruz and lost. He’s still rusty but won over Luciano ‘Bong’ Sibayan.

Paquito‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. claimed his first victory by drubbing Gonzalo Escapatoria in 49 moves of Sicilian Defence. The planned blitz chess contest didn’t push through when Paquito and Cyril played their official game instead. Pax impotent knight in the corner cost him the game while Cyril’s very active knight did all the damage on the other side of the board.

And in the last game of the day, Sibayan dealt James his first loss when the latter blundered away his queen. James first loss in 6 games happened during the time that he’s not writing his chess moves.

Currently, the 3 players who haven’t played a single game yet are Jon Manuel Reyes, Manuel‘Jun’ Mahor, Jr. and Mary Frances Lopez. They are requested to play as many games as possible on Saturday and Sunday (at PRR Conference Room) or one week days at Palau Royal Resort Dormitory 1.

If Reyes and Lopez can’t play on Sat. or Sunday or 17 games in 6 weeks, they will be asked to withdraw so that Geoff Martin and Rustum Cabuso can participate.

43. Qe5+ Kb7 44. Rb2+ Rb6 45. Rc2 Ka6 46. Rc7 Qxa4 47. Rc1 Qa3 48. Qc7 Qe3+ 49. Kh1 Nf2+ 50. Kg1 Nd3++? (Missing the neat 50. …Na3++ 51. Kh1 Qg1+!!! 52. Nxg1 or Rxg1 Nf2 smothered mate). 51. Kf1 Qf2#.

Only 3 games were played in the 3rd week of the 2012 PNCC on Saturday, October 27: Candidate Master Bernardo Garcia earned his 2nd straight win over Paquito ‘Pax’ Suringa, Jr. in their Sicilian Defence game while Jeff Balbalosa is still undefeated after clobbering Dan Roldan.

And in the last game of the day, Jose Celiz didn’t come for his match against Roberto Hernandez. Instead, Menandro Manuel and Hernandez played their 2ndgame so not to waste the available time of Menandro. In their Pirc Defence clash, Manuel blundered away a whole knight and resigned immediately. He still has a chance with 2 rooks, a knight, a bishop and a pawn against Hernandez’ 2 rooks, a knight and 6 pawns.

Source: Chessmate by Roberto Hernandez
              Tia Belau Newspaper
              Pages 18 & 22
              Volume 21
              Issue 77
             October 29, 2012

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